40 free dog waste bag units have been installed across the Borough following a successful trial by Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Six of the innovative TiksPac stations offering free biodegradable dog waste bags were installed at parks, footpaths and recreation grounds across Surrey Heath in late 2016.

Following positive feedback from the public, reduced complaints about dog waste in these areas, and significant usage of the free bags by dog walkers, dispensers have now been set up at 34 further locations throughout the borough.

The original six stations were installed at Frimley Lodge Park; School Lane, Bagshot; The Briars Centre, Lightwater; Frimley Recreation Ground; Southcote Park and Watchetts Park, Camberley.

For a full list of the 40 stations, go to www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tikspac

The TiksPac stations are cost neutral to the Council, thanks to sponsorship from the following companies: Mercury Electroplating; Basepoint Centres; Dog Trouble; Dapper Dogs by Debbie; Pets Abroad UK; Independent Vetcare Ltd – Kingswood Vets; Natural Instinct; and Blackwater Valley Veterinary Centres.

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Community, Cllr Vivienne Chapman, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to roll this excellent initiative out across Surrey Heath.

“The feedback from dog owners about the trial stations has been positive, and we hope the 40 TiksPac stations will help with keeping our Borough clean, green and safe.”

This initiative is part of a concerted effort by the Council to reduce dog fouling across the borough, including the introduction of Public Space Protection Order legislation which includes taking action against irresponsible dog owners (www.surreyheath.gov.uk/pspo), and building on the glow in the dark ‘We’re Watching You’ posters already installed in popular dog walking areas.

The Council are committed to enforce dog fouling restrictions across Surrey Heath – we encourage members of the public who see people not picking up after their pet to report it via www.surreyheath.gov.uk/report-it