Feedback required on dog mess dispensers in Highbury Park
I wonder if readers could provide feedback on the success or failure or inbetween of the two dog bag mess bag dispensers in Highbury Park.
There are two dispensers - one at the High Street entrance and the other at the car park in the centre of the park. Both were installed in the first week of July.
What we know so far is:
1) there has been no vandalism on the dispensers - this was on of our biggest fears, namely that someone would pull all the bags out and scatter them around the park. This hasn't happened and the boards haven't been graffiti-ed either
2) the bags ARE being used, but more than we anticipated. The original estimate for use was 100bags per week per dispenser. We have ended up dispensing 500bags per week per dispenser - or 1000bags for both dispensers per week. This equates to about 70dogs per day. This high usage of bags has resulted in the dog dispenser at the car park regularly running out of bags.
3) the Highbury Park Assistant Ranger informs me that he has seen a significant reduction in dog mess in the park since the dog dispensers were installed.
What I like to know from residents, especially dog walkers and users of Highbury Park, is the following:
a) are you happy with the way the dog dispensers are working? Are there opportunities to improve their effectiveness?
b) do you think that 70 dogs a day are walked through Highbury Park each day?
c) have you seen a reduction in dog mess in Highbury Park?
d) have you seen a reduction in dog mess in the roads around Highbury Park? I'm particularly interested in roads around Grange Road, Heathfield Road and School Road.