Alastair Majury on Dunblane Dog Owners See Improvements thanks to Stirling Council
Dog owners in Dunblane are starting to see an end to the need to use old pole mounted dog bins, that are both unhygienic for use by the general public, as their use requires a “touch”, with operation of the lid, and have serious Health & Safety issues for council staff during the process of emptying, exacerbated by overfilling of the containers, and heavy rain. Following the reports of a pole mounted dog bin having a broken lid located in Murdoch Terrace, Dunblane will see this bin and another pole mounted dog bin in poor condition being removed.
Dog owners will be able use one of the three free standing litter bins located within 200 metres, which accepts both litter & dog waste. These larger containers act as a dilute and disperse for the waste, giving a much cleaner empty for the operative. They also empty via a door, preferable to a straight lift up from a pole bin, on occasion showering the employee with the contents.
Given the health hazards of dog fouling, the council will also commence regular patrols of the Murdoch Terrace, Wallace Road, Bruce Avenue, and Anchorcross area of Dunblane.
Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“After reporting the broken bin and reports of dog mess in the general area, I am pleased that responsible dog owners will no longer need to use the old broken pole mounted dog bins, and will be able to use the mixed waste litter bins. The majority of dog owners know the importance of cleaning up after their pets and they find it frustrating when others don’t or let their dogs out alone. As dog fouling causes a hazard, particularly for children, in our communities, I am pleased that the pupils of Dunblane Primary School and Dunblane High School along with local residents will benefit from enforcement officers patrolling this area.”
Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane, and is an IT Consultant working across the country. Alastair is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community.
· 69% of people rate dog faeces as the item on our streets, parks and beaches that bothered them most.
· 52% of people in Scotland say that dog fouling is the waste item on our streets and public spaces that offends them most.
· Approximately 1,000 tonnes of dog faeces are produced every day in the UK. (with Yorkshire terriers producing 100g a day while a St Bernard produces about 1kg!)
· Dog fouling can lead to an increased risk in disease if dogs are not regularly wormed. Toxocara canis can pass from dog poo to humans as Toxocariasis through contaminated sand or soil, or by playing with dogs which have licked eggs from their bodies or faeces.
· The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 aims to protect residents from the risks and dangers of abandoned dog faeces. The Act states that it is an offence for the person in charge of a dog to leave its mess without removing it.