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  • "The truth of the matter is, with that safety tape laying there, council workers aren't allowed to cross it, for Health and Safety reasons..

    That said; nice to see that the dog walkers have picked up their 'dog eggs' and dumped it there, instead of taking it home with their pooches, further contributing to the noisome bin itself!
    Don't you dare come on these columns, complaining about how the Council, utterly fed up of your wholly inconsiderate behaviour, has banned all dogs, from all parks in the Borough, as you have only yourselves to blame, by what is evidenced in this picture.
    Me; I'd follow you home, then, whilst you were sleeping, get me and a few mates, to take a dump on your front lawns, to see how you liked it!
    The parks of this Borough are, the green, open spaces, where people whom work long, hard hours, in those 'dark satanic mills' of old, get to enjoy some richly deserved clean, fresh air and not the malodorous whiff of dog excrement, whilst having a picnic.
    I once lived in a city that trialled a dog path but the smell was so overpowering that, even dog walkers refused to use it. So plans to do that will get my veto.
    You port your pet, it poops; so take it and it's output, to your own home, so that others can enjoy the open spaces. It's not a big ask is it, to be considerate of others?
    You really don't want to contend with the output of a few beery men, after a Vindaloo, on your front lawn, trust me.
    (Some of them, make my air freshener, cough!)"
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Walkers angry over Blackburn waste bin overflow

An overflowing bin in the park

An overflowing bin in the park

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BINS in Witton Wood are overflowing with rubbish, and dog walkers say that they haven’t been emptied for more than two weeks.

Residents said they have been complaining to Blackburn with Darwen council about the state of litter in the wood over a number of months after becoming concerned that the bins were not emptied twice weekly as the council promised.

It was noted by dog walkers that the litter inside bins at the bottom of the wood had not been collected for sixteen days. One Livesey resident said: “It’s just disgusting, isn’t it?

“The council really need to do something about it. They should be emptying the bins regularly so that rubbish isn’t floating around the park and the woods.

“People have been complaining about this for a long time and nothing seems to get done and it’s a real shame.

“It’s a lovely area for families and young people but I wouldn’t be happy for my five-year-old niece to play around here.”

Alan Cottam, ward councillor for Livesey and Pleasington said: “This problem has been reported to me and I had hoped that something would be done about it by now.

“I realise they will have lost a few days with the bank holiday and there was a big food event last weekend that has probably caused more rubbish, but the council knew that was happening and something should have been put in place.

“If people are throwing litter on the floor, that’s a different animal and we have to tackle that too.”

No-one from the council was available to confirm when the bins in Witton Wood were last emptied but a spokesman did confirm that rubbish was scheduled to be collected every Monday and Friday.

Tony Watson, head of Environment and Public Protection, said: “The emptying of the bins in Witton Park was affected by the Bank Holiday weekend, and normal collection of litter will take place this week. We aim to empty the bins in Witton Park twice weekly. ”

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