New bins installed on?Porthcawl seafront to help stamp out dog fouling

Monday, 20 November 2017

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After being pinpointed as one of the town’s major dog fouling hotspots, 15 new bins have been installed along Porthcawl seafront.

The seafront problems were highlighted over the summer when Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) teamed up with Dogs Trust and Keep Wales Tidy for ‘The Big Scoop’ initiative.

They surveyed local residents for their views and also measured the impact of nudging dog walkers towards using a special route that was lined with extra bins.

During a three-month trial period, 41 per cent more people bagged and binned their dog’s poo after the bins were added to the dog walking route – underlining the importance of strategically placing bins where they are most needed.

All of the new bins have been funded by Porthcawl Town Council and will be serviced at the expense of BCBC.

As well as the new seafront bins, Porthcawl Town Council have bought dozens of extra bins to be placed where they are needed elsewhere around the town, while older bins are also being replaced.

Nottage ward member, Cllr Norah Clarke said: “In total, we’ve purchased 100 bins. Sixty of them are extra bins to add to those we already have around the town, while 40 will replace older bins that have seen better days. Many of the new bins have already been installed, while the others will be in place soon.

“We hope these bins will make a real difference and help to stamp out dog fouling on our streets. Dog mess is one of the biggest nuisances that blights public places, and is understandably the source of many complaints from Porthcawl constituents. I would urge all dog owners to please be responsible – bag it, and bin it.”

BCBC was one of six local authorities from across the UK taking part in ‘The Big Scoop’ initiative, with around 2,000 dog walkers surveyed nationally.

Cllr Richard Young, BCBC’s cabinet member for communities, said: “Both nationally and locally, the survey uncovered the frustration felt by many at the behaviour of irresponsible dog owners. It also revealed some very interesting statistics.

“For example, 35 per cent of dog owners admitted that they go to the trouble of bagging their dog’s waste, but don’t always bin it. We certainly see this in Porthcawl, with people leaving bags in all sorts of places, but we also have an issue with people who fail to pick up after their pets at all.

“These new bins should help, but we’re relying on all dog owners to be more responsible and play their part to keep our communities clean.

“There’s also a huge misconception that only dedicated dog bins are allowed but any public bin can be used to dispose of dog mess – it’s so easy, there really should be no excuse!

“I’d like to commend Porthcawl Town Council for being extremely proactive in helping to identify the dog fouling hotspots, with everyone working together to improve the situation.”

Any Bridgend county borough resident who would like to report a need for more dog waste bins in their area should get in touch with their local councillor. Contact details can be found at www.bridgend.gov.uk

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