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Dog bin delay a ‘hazard’

AN OLTON pensioner has slated Solihull Council for not replacing a dog-mess bin - almost five months after the old one was broken.

AN OLTON pensioner has slated Solihull Council for not replacing a dog-mess bin - almost five months after the old one was broken.

Sylvia Sterland, aged 64, said that fellow dog-walkers were now dumping bags of faeces on the ground, where the bin used to be.

She said the smell was “terrible” and that the stinking heap posed a health risk to the children who frequent the nearby playground.

But despite several calls to Solihull Council, the bin still hasn’t been replaced - although the local authority said it was only made aware of the problem last week.

“It’s utterly disgusting,” said Sylvia, who lives in nearby Coniston Avenue. “The council need to put a new bin in place. What I don’t understand is that the council has spent thousands on a new play area for the children and yet right nearby there’s this pile of dog poo.”

The old bin, which stood behind the doctor’s surgery, on Richmond Road, is said to have disappeared in March.

Sylvia regularly walks in the parkland and said that the bags had been building up for some time.

“If there’s no bin, I take my bags back home with me,” she added.

Councillor Tim Hodgson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We were made aware of this missing bin late last week and have ordered a replacement, however delivery and installation may take a few weeks. Recently there have been a number of dog foul bins that have been vandalised around the borough. This unfortunate behaviour means in some areas we are seeing an increase in the amount of dog fouling.”

 

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