Pooh: Herald takes Ducks Path test

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

YOUR Herald investigated councillors' concerns, visiting Honiton's original 'dog mess alley', Ducks Path.

YOUR Herald investigated councillors' concerns, visiting Honiton's original 'dog mess alley', Ducks Path.We found the footpath to be remarkably clear of dogs' mess, although there was considerable litter, especially at the bottom of the path. Stinging nettles and brambles partially covered the walkway from the overgrown railway embankment. Just as we jotted down a note on the lack of dogs' mess, we came across a steaming pile - practically next to the town council-provided poop scoop bin at the top of the footpath!We checked the content of the bin and saw evidence of recent usage, but clearly not every dog owner had taken advantage of the amenity.The Herald then ventured towards the Glen, and came across rotting pooh on the approach to Coronation Gate. Unbelievably, we discovered a dog owner had let their pet mess right underneath the first poop scoop bin in the beauty spot!Again, we checked the bin and could see that it was being used.As we approached the third public bench in the park, we discovered a large amount of litter - beer cans, plastic bags and paper. A little further on, we spotted a turd.There was only one other person in the Glen while the Herald was there last Wednesday morning, a pensioner. He feared some dog owners may be elderly and unable to bend to retrieve faeces.Overall, there was less dogs' mess than in the past but obvious evidence that not all dog owners are being responsible - even when poop scoop bins are provided.

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