Dog owners bought their four-legged friends along to a fun day at Littlehampton’s Brookfield Park last week [Thurs, 21 April].
Learning and fun was the name of the day with a string of events for both canines and humans to enjoy, including dog training demonstrations, free microchip scanning and free goody bags.
The idea behind Brookfield Park Dog Day, jointly organised by the Parks and Environmental Health teams at Arun District Council, was to encourage local residents to take pride in their parks.
Councillor Mick Warren, who represents Brookfield Ward on Arun District Council, attended the event and chatted to residents over a cup of tea.
He said: “It was a great afternoon. One of the main aims of the event was to encourage local residents to form a community group to take pride in the park, and there was a lot of interest in doing this. We would like to thank everyone who turned up.”
Arun District Council employs a seasonal Environmental Enforcement Officer who is able to issue fines to dog owners who don’t pick up after their dogs, or to those who drop litter.
Councillor Terence Chapman, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “We hope the event has helped to highlight the problem of dog fouling and owners who may not be fully in control of their dogs in the park. We don’t want to penalise responsible dog owners, but we do want to tackle the minority who make it difficult for others to enjoy the many beautiful parks and open spaces we have in Arun.”
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