Dog mess to electricity initiative could be dumped

PUBLISHED: 15:48 23 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:54 23 June 2014

Burnham beach, which has been troubled by dog fouling.

Burnham beach, which has been troubled by dog fouling.

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A NOVEL scheme to solve Burnham’s dog fouling problem has hit a stumbling block after being recommended for rejection last week.

Project leaders GeoVation and Streetkleen requested £14,000 from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council to help implement solutions including a new smartphone app to alert dog owners to nearby bins, and using discarded dog faeces to help generate renewable electricity.

Streetkleen managing director Gary Downie said last month people were ‘soon won over’ after hearing details of the project, but now faces an uphill task to convince councillors to back the project.

The council’s policy and finance committee met on Monday but agreed the spend would be excessive, and recommended its rejection ahead of a final decision at a full council meeting next month.

Councillor Ken Smout said: “The timing could have been better, coming here just after we have set our budgets made it difficult because we have got to find a justification to move finance from elsewhere.

“There were questions we wanted to ask about the word-heavy document we were given.

“I would hope that, if it is rejected, the chairman and clerk would make the developers aware budgets are an issue and we have some points to resolve, and hopefully they come back with some answers which could help.”

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