Dog Owners Asked To Clean Up And Keep The Promenade Beautiful To Avoid Ban
An increase of protests by many residents in the uMhlanga area have reached the uMhlanga UIP (Urban Improvement Precinct) regarding dog owners taking their four-legged friends for a walk and not cleaning up after them.In a bid to keep the beauty and accessibility going drastic measures such as a ban on all dogs walked on the promenade is being considered.
The promenade in uMhlanga Rocks is a beautiful stretch that allows visitors to enjoy a picturesque view of the ocean and its shoreline. Used by families, runners and many out of town visitors, the promenade is one of the highlights of the area. Unfortunately, the promenade is losing some of it’s appeal as many dog owners, who walk their dogs along the promenade to “do their business,” do not clean up after them.
This increasing problem has reached the Municipality as well, thus furthering talks of a complete ban of all pooches on the promenade. The uMhlanga UIP has sent through the measures that were taken to avoid this kind of issue.
“Hawaan Lane in particular, is often full of dog mess but this servitude is part of the promenade and should be treated
as such, it is inconsiderate not to clean up after your dogs” said UIP project leader Brian Wright.
Maintaining The Beauty
Keeping our beautiful city clean is a top priority for the municipality and the UIP. Provisions have been made for dog owners to clean up after their pets on the promenade. In 2012, the UIP installed 12 plastic bag dispensers with instructive signage to make it easier for dog owners to clean up after their pets on
the promenade and servitudes.
Furthermore, the bags that go into these dispensers are restocked daily by the UIP and all municipal bins on the
promenade are cleaned twice daily, yet pet owners are still leaving a mess behind for other visitors.
Should the problem persist and if these owners cannot take responsibility then the city may be
forced to take the unpopular decision to ban all dogs on the promenade,” said Brian.
What are your thoughts on this? Should the city consider banning all dogs? Are there any other solutions to assist this problem? Let us know in the comments below.