Darwen council joins war on dog muck

Blackburn Citizen: Dog waste bins are to be provided in Bold Venture and Olive Lane parks, following a request by Coun Simon Hugill Dog waste bins are to be provided in Bold Venture and Olive Lane parks, following a request by Coun Simon Hugill

THE war on dog muck in Darwen is to be beefed up with town council cash.

Cash has been set aside to pay for the roll-out of new bins in the key areas of Bold Venture Park and Olive Lane Park.

The move follows Blackburn with Darwen Council piloting a tough new crackdown on dog fouling in March House and Mill Hill.

Liberal Democrat Simon Hugill welcomed the action but said it was time Darwen Town Council did its bit.

He asked it to put a small sum aside each year to buy and install at least two bins in key parts of the town so dog owners could not complain they had to carry their dirt bags around.

He said it cost around £400 to buy and install a bin, or could be as low as £200 if the council had some old bins left over after the Cathedral Quarter redevelopment of the Boulevard in Blackburn.

He suggested Sough Road in his Marsh House ward as a suitable place.

Town mayor Eileen Entwistle backed his proposal, suggesting that Bold Venture Park was another suitable place.

Sudell councillor Roy Davies said: “We need them in and around Olive Lane Park where I picked up 20 pieces of dog poo on a community clean-up last week, just says after the grass had been cut and the area tidied.”

Deputy chairman Trevor Maxfield said residents who became aware of irresponsible dog owners who did not pick up their pets’ dirt should be reported to the council so they could be visited and warned.

Coun Hugill said: “This is what we want – a proper ‘carrot and stick’ approach; places to get rid of the bags and penalties for irresponsible owners.”

Sunnyhurst councillor Pete Hollings agreed to contact the borough council to see if they had any spare bins, to ensure they would be emptied by refuse staff and to seek promotional material for the drive.

Borough environment boss Jim Smith said: “I am delighted to see Darwen Town Council coming on board our drive to tackle dog muck in this way. It is a blight on the borough. We will do everything we can to help the town council with this.”

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4:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

wrighty146 says...

I am a responsible dog owner who always 'picks up' I contacted the council asking for bins - they said there was no money to buy them. Surely this approach won't encourage people to do the right thing?
I am a responsible dog owner who always 'picks up' I contacted the council asking for bins - they said there was no money to buy them. Surely this approach won't encourage people to do the right thing? wrighty146
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4:38pm Fri 4 Apr 14

english rose 1 says...

wrighty146 wrote:
I am a responsible dog owner who always 'picks up' I contacted the council asking for bins - they said there was no money to buy them. Surely this approach won't encourage people to do the right thing?
Dog muck need not go into the special bins - it can go (suitably bagged) into any of the existing free-standing bins or into your burgundy coloured bin.
[quote][p][bold]wrighty146[/bold] wrote: I am a responsible dog owner who always 'picks up' I contacted the council asking for bins - they said there was no money to buy them. Surely this approach won't encourage people to do the right thing?[/p][/quote]Dog muck need not go into the special bins - it can go (suitably bagged) into any of the existing free-standing bins or into your burgundy coloured bin. english rose 1
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8:25pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mothernature says...

£400 for a new bin & installation. Bleeding hell, any proficient welder could knock one of those bins out at a mere fraction of the cost and installation shouldn't take more than 30 minutes if attaching to a fixed post. Somebody is making a pretty profit.
£400 for a new bin & installation. Bleeding hell, any proficient welder could knock one of those bins out at a mere fraction of the cost and installation shouldn't take more than 30 minutes if attaching to a fixed post. Somebody is making a pretty profit. Mothernature
  • Score: 5

8:54pm Sat 5 Apr 14

the white witch says...

It`s all very well doing something about the dog muck, but what about the horse muck left on the main roads from the police horses on match days especially, its the same aspect ??? vehicles have to use the roads like people have to walk the paths/parks. Nobody wants to clean the muck off the shoes or the car, so should`nt horse muck get picked up as well.????
It`s all very well doing something about the dog muck, but what about the horse muck left on the main roads from the police horses on match days especially, its the same aspect ??? vehicles have to use the roads like people have to walk the paths/parks. Nobody wants to clean the muck off the shoes or the car, so should`nt horse muck get picked up as well.???? the white witch
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4:32pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Pegasus216 says...

Irresponsible dog owners should be fined, particularly the one that leaves great piles of fog waste on paths and roads around Olive Lane (red coloured), you know who you are!
It would also be great if the rubbish throwing youths were dealt in the same way, not to mention unlicensed motor bikes ripping up the turf and terrorising the area.
Irresponsible dog owners should be fined, particularly the one that leaves great piles of fog waste on paths and roads around Olive Lane (red coloured), you know who you are! It would also be great if the rubbish throwing youths were dealt in the same way, not to mention unlicensed motor bikes ripping up the turf and terrorising the area. Pegasus216
  • Score: 2

10:51pm Sun 6 Apr 14

tim otay71 says...

Where the hell is March house?? Would love to know!
Where the hell is March house?? Would love to know! tim otay71
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5:31pm Tue 8 Apr 14

chris.heyes1@ntlworld.com says...

they go on quite rightley about people cleaning up after their dogs which i do but what about the people who let their cats out to roam and do their mess in peoples gardens for us to find surley they wouldnt like my dog to do it in the garden!!!
they go on quite rightley about people cleaning up after their dogs which i do but what about the people who let their cats out to roam and do their mess in peoples gardens for us to find surley they wouldnt like my dog to do it in the garden!!! chris.heyes1@ntlworld.com
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