Pooh: Bins a waste of money?

PUBLISHED: 08:58 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 June 2010

PROVIDING additional dog bins around Honiton may not be necessary, town councillors heard last week.

PROVIDING additional dog bins around Honiton may not be necessary, town councillors heard last week.While faced with requests for four extra bins, on top of three recently installed, members of the town council's policy committee were forced to ask themselves if spending more taxpayers' money would really keep dogs' mess off the streets.If properly bagged, couldn't the waste be put into a normal litter bin? That is what they considered.Dog bins cost £55 each to purchase, a further sum to install and £150 each a year for maintenance.Councillor Martin McGuire said the onus to remove dogs' mess from public areas was on pet owners."People who do not remove it now are unlikely to remove it if a dog bin is there," he said.Honiton Town Council has installed poop scoop bins in Ducks Path, Higher Brand Lane and Dowell Street.New proposals are for bins in Lower Brand Lane, Langford Avenue, Rosemount Lane and Moor Park.Councillor Ron Farnham said: "Most sensible dog owners already take their waste home with them."I was in Lace Walk one evening and it was empty, apart from a lady with a dog. She was letting it empty itself. I more than mentioned it to her and she made all sorts of excuses - and there was a bin right by her."We are wasting our money."Town and district councillor Peter Halse said the debate took him back to 1979, when he won a by-election to become a member of the town council."The first issue I came across was that there were no bins in the town."Councillor Halse said local businesses sponsored the purchase of bins and he wondered if, perhaps, more general litter bins, rather than poop scoop ones, were the answer 30 years later.Bags, filled with excrement, are "festooning" trees along a walkway between Rosemount Lane and Sidmouth Road, said Councillor Liz Tirard."I can see a case for no bins and placing the responsibility on dog owners," said Councillor Roy Coombs.Deputy mayor Councillor Vivienne Ash suggested the council find out if there are litter bins near the suggested sites for new dog bins.Councillor Tirard said the council could educate the public as to where bins are.The matter has been passed to the council's street cleanliness focus group for further consideration.

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