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Dog mess bags removed as council faces fear of plastic bag tax

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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DOG waste bags have been removed from parish council dispensers in Stretton following fears the authority could be hit with a plastic bag tax due to be introduced by the Government.

Councillors voted to remove the bags for a trial period to make sure they would not be stung by the tax, which aims to mitigate the environmental impact of bags in supermarkets and large stalls.

But dog walkers in the area told the Mail they were concerned that the move would lead to an increase in dog fouling in the area.

Stretton Parish Council chairman John McKiernan said: "We have taken the decision not to stock the bags because of the new Government policy. We are basically giving away free bags and we have been advised that we should not do it unless we charge, which is just not possible."

The bags were quickly being used up, as people grab handfuls to take out with them, he added.

He said there had been no increase in reports of dog fouling since the trial began.

"We are really concerned about the amount of dog mess, but the people who left it before would not have picked up the bags anyway. Responsible dog walkers will take their own bags with them," Mr McKiernan said.

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