Exmouth pensioner calls for more dog bins
PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 June 2016
An Exmouth pensioner has claimed there are not enough bins to dispose of dog mess in The Avenues.
Disabled David Scott, 73, of Bronte Court, uses crutches and a walker to give his dog some exercise three or four times a day.
Despite his disability, he still manages to stop his walker, put on the brakes, and pick up the mess left by his four-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Millie.
Mr Scott, who often walks his dogs around The Avenues, says there is just one bin to dispose of dog mess between Littleham Cross and Rolle Road roundabout.
He said: “We take the dogs out sometimes four times a day and sometimes go to the beach.
“We usually go across to Cranford Avenue, down towards the seafront.
“I have to stop and put the brakes on, then lean down to pick up the mess, but I still do it.
“There are signs saying anyone dropping dog mess is subject to an £80 fine, but there are no bins in The Avenues or up the right until you get to Littleham Cross.
“The district council says it cannot do anything - there is no money.”
A spokesman for East Devon District Council (EDDC) said: “EDDC no longer finances additional bins for dog waste due to the high number already provided in the district – there are currently 350 dog waste bins across East Devon.
“Any requests for new dog waste bins should be made to town and parish councils, which provide bins for dog waste in recreational areas.
“However, it should be noted that Exmouth Town Council is unable to fund any more dog bins.
“If there is a need for a new litter bin that can, of course, also be used for dog waste, then enquiries should be made to StreetScene.
“Any person walking a dog in a residential area should really take their litter and dog waste home.”