I refer to last weeks article ‘Extra dog waste bins to be set up’ (Middy 26.11.15).
Sadly I am not a dog owner and that is mainly because of the rightful obligation required of an owner to clear up after their dog.
Whilst I totally agree that extra bins should be set up and that they should be serviced on a regular basis what was surprising were the statistics provided by Pru Moore in that the council currently carries out 20,000 bin clearances, collecting and disposing of some 126 tonnes of dog waste and that is increasing!
That is some undertaking. With the current economic circumstances in mind I would like to ask councillor Pru Moore through these columns if she could inform us as to what is the current and future costs are to all local tax payers in the clearing of dog waste?
It would also be of interest for the views of other Middy readers as to how if it were at all possible or feasible if these costs could be recovered.
With all that said and with the continuing evidence of dog waste on pavements and collected dog waste being thrown into hedgerows and grassed areas, the main complaint from neighbours is cat waste in gardens and car parks with the owners of said cats unsurprisingly denying any blame. When I look along supermarket shelves at the vast amount of dog and cat food on sale I do wonder where it will all finally end up.
Cedar Way, Haywards Heath
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