Journal readers’ survey highlights hotspots for dog poo mess in the town

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 June 2016

Dog Owner Putting Poop Bag Into Bin On Walk

Dog Owner Putting Poop Bag Into Bin On Walk

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Residents in Exmouth have taken to social media to express their anger at a spate of dog mess being left in the town’s roads, paths and parks.

The Journal asked Facebook users to highlight areas of the town which were particularly bad for dog mess.

Scores of people took to the social networking site to express their concerns, including Billy Kirk, who singled out The Colony.

Posting on Facebook, he said: “Colonies is still horrendous. I have three buildings that I work out of in the Colonies and we’ve resorted to buying a pressure washer purely to clean up it all.

“It really does hurt the businesses - who the hell wants to walk through that stuff to get to a shop?

“You’re gonna get zero foot traffic, and the road smells disgusting.

“Fair View Terrace gets a lot too, mainly because it’s the route a lot of people take in the morning from town to the park.”

Dog owner Joy Tucker said: “I live in The Colony and own a dog - but the mess left by irresponsible dog owners is disgusting. If I’m walking home late at night, I have to walk in middle of the road just in case.”

Other areas in the town singled out were Phear Park, The Maer, St Andrew’s Road and the Imperial Recreation Ground.

East Devon District Council (EDDC)runs the parks in Exmouth and is responsible for emptying the dog bins.

A spokesman for EDDC said: “Our StreetScene team will always clean up reported fouled areas and has recently referred only one or two localised areas to the environmental protection team to carry out education initiatives.

“We, therefore, know that it is only a small minority of dog owners who don’t pick up.

“In the streets mentioned, only three have actually been reported as needing cleaning, and none was regarded as heavily fouled.

“In one area, an additional bin was provided and is now well used. In another, there was a temporary problem, which has now been resolved.“

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