No to losing dog bins - say councillors

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 June 2014

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FITTING coin slots onto dog bins was an option raised by one Weston town councillor following a recommendation to pay thousands for an emptying service.

North Somerset Council has confirmed to Weston Town Council the cost for its dog bin emptying service will rise from £2 to £6 per bin next year.

This will triple the cost from just over £4,300 to £13,100 per year – a figure one councillor has called ‘surreal’.

The town council discussed its options during a policy and finance committee meeting on Monday, which included removing some bins which are close to litter bins and using them for dog waste, hiring a company to clean up the mess or for the authority to employ staff to empty them.

Town councillor Richard Tucker said: “It would be regrettable if we did lose any more dog bins.

“The comment I get from constituents is they want more and I have to explain budget restrictions.

“If we combined litter bins are you going to get kids throwing wrappers where they have been used as dog bins?”

Cllr Mike Bell, who referenced the council’s recent upgrade of public toilets which involve users paying 20p to enter, said: “I say this slightly with my tongue in my cheek, perhaps we should consider fitting some of these coin slots in our dog bins?

“It seems surreal to me that we charge humans to go to the toilet but we are looking at ways to pay for people to clean up after dogs. I don’t see why everyone should pay.”

Cllr Mark Canniford, who is also a dog owner, said: “I use dog bins, however I do not think that amount for a service is overly expensive. We provide toilets for our residents, why not provide toilets for our residents’ dogs?”

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