Dawley CofE Cleaner Park Campaign

Date : 30/06/17
Press Ref 20172206

Great Dawley Town Council work in partnership with Dawley C of E School to raise awareness in Dawley Park

Great Dawley Town Council have been working in partnership with Dawley C of E school to raise awareness within the local community of the need to reduce the dog fouling in Dawley Park and the route used by the school to their church.

The Town Council received a number of letters from pupils expressing their disgust and concern about the increase in dog fouling within Great Dawley; and in particular, within Dawley Park.  The whole school takes pride in Dawley Park and are not only involved in developing the park with the Friends of Dawley Park Community Group but the pupils also use the park on a daily basis for exercise.

The Town Council have asked all pupils from Dawley C of E to design a poster to raise the issue of dog fouling, make everyone aware of their concerns and encourage everyone to be responsible dog owners and pick up their dog’s mess.

Councillor Jane Pinter, Mayor of Great Dawley Town Council said ‘Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard, not only do dog owners have a legal duty to clean up every time their dog messes in a public place but also the Town Council provides a collection point for free dog bags.  It is a real shame, not only for the pupils at Dawley C of E but all visitors to Dawley Park, that not everyone is a responsible dog owner and cleans up after their dog’

The Deputy Mayor of Great Dawley Town Council, Cllr Malcolm Randle, along with Ben Penfold, Neighbourhood Officer, will be attending an assembly on Friday 30th June where the top 3 designs will be selected from the schools short list.  The best designs will be produced into a number of street signs and will be used in a marketing campaign in and around Great Dawley as well as Dawley Park.

Nick Andrews, Principal of Dawley C of E said ‘It was the request of the pupils to write to Great Dawley Town Council with their concerns and issues around the dog fouling in Dawley Park.  The school uses the park on a daily basis and encourages every pupil to take pride in it and their local community.  It is a real shame that some dog owners are disregarding the potential health and safety of the local children.  We are really pleased to be working with Great Dawley Town Council on this campaign and all the staff and pupils are amazed by the support they have shown us.’  

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Randle said ‘It has been a real honour to be asked to be the judge for this campaign and I fully support the pupils in encouraging dog owners to clean up after their dog’

Dawley Town Hall is a collection point for the free doggy bags provided by Telford & Wrekin Council and welcome responsible dog owners to collect these between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

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  Further information for the media is available from:

Clare Turner, Clerk, Great Dawley Town Council on 01952 567 914, or clerk@greatdawley.com /    www.greatdawley.org.uk

Great Dawley Town Council serves Dawley and Malinlsee, it has 14 councillors, 7 serving Dawley and 7 serving Malinlsee. The Town Council has a Mayor Councillor Jane Pinter (Lab) and the Chair is Councillor Shaun Davies (Lab)