Extra bins planned to tackle ‘problematic’ dog fouling and littering

PUBLISHED: 07:12 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 07:12 27 June 2018

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More bins are planned in Portishead following concerns over littering and dog fouling in several parts of the town.

‘Problematic areas’ have been flagged so tonight (Wednesday) Portishead Town Council will discuss what it can do to solve the problem.

A three-month review has been carried out by the town orderly to establish which areas should be targeted first.

Ahead of tonight’s recreation and works committee meeting, a report to councillors says: “The review has confirmed the north ward, which includes the Lake Grounds and a large section of the High Street, has the largest number of bins. The other three (wards) have a lot fewer.

“Areas flagged up as problematic include Spring Rise/Capenor Close, for dog fouling, the lay-by on Valley Road by the entrance to Weston Big Wood, Mendip Road, outside Peacocks and New Look etc in Wyndham Way/Old Mill Road and the vicinity of the Co-op in Newfoundland Way.”

There are more than 170 litter and dog bins in Portishead, but the town council will tonight consider adding to that number.

North Somerset Council pays for most dog and litter bins to be emptied – including more than 90 per cent of the ones in Portishead.

But it has told all town and parish councils they will have to fund any extra ones they require going forward, and pay for them to be emptied – at a cost of about £4-6 per week – because it will not finance more bins anywhere in the district.

Portishead’s town council is therefore planning to use its own resources to install a few more litter bins – which dog owners can also use to put their pets’ mess in these days – to reduce the problems experienced in the worst-affected areas.

It is proposed that the committee agrees to 
install bins at a cost of £75 and spending approximately a further £250 a year on having them emptied.

The recreation and works committee members will make a recommendation which will go before all town councillors at the full meeting in July.

Councillors will meet at the Folk Hall at 7.30pm this evening.

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