Council has 'fingers crossed' after dog poo bin complaints

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 March 2019

Dog owners have been urged to always pick up after their pet.

Dog owners have been urged to always pick up after their pet.

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Clevedon residents have criticised the health risk posed by the overflowing dog poo bins in the town after the old contractor 'disappeared off the face of the earth'.

Clevedon Town Council was left without a company to empty its many dog waste bins around the town after its contractor Bin-It Ltd failed to report for duty last month.

The company was responsible for emptying the bins regularly in Clevedon, Portishead, Nailsea and Weston as well as some of the smaller parishes.

The sudden disappearance left the council trying to find another contractor to pick up the slack while begrudged walkers debated the state of the town on social media.

A thread on the Everything Else Clevedon Facebook group saw people raise concerns about the health risks of the overflowing bins, with one person saying it was ‘a hazard to children’ who use the public areas.

Others criticised the dog walkers who, instead of taking their waste home, would simply add to the already full piles.

The council has recruited another contractor, FOS UK, who started on March 1 to collect the bins.

Clevedon Town Council has said North Somerset Council helped with clearing as much as it could.

Council chairman Judith West said: “The contractor was out on March 1 collecting rubbish but a few were missed on their route.

“In fairness to our office team, they have been out with the contractors pointing out the missed collections and marking them off so they are not missed in future.

“FOS UK will be out twice a week from 7am emptying the bins, which is more often than the former contractors.

“Bin-It Ltd disappeared off the face of the earth and we terminated the contract.

“We then had to search for a more reliable company who wanted to work with the council on this.

“FOS UK have done this, it has come in and spoken to us and has marked up a plan with the different sites of the bins.

“Fingers crossed in the next few weeks things will continue to improve.”

Similar problems have been experienced in Portishead in recent months leading to suggestions dog bins should be scrapped altogether, as mess can be put in normal litter bins.

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