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Bins full of dog mess being left to stink in St Austell

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

MESSY PILE: An overflowing bin by Phernyssick Road.

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A ST Austell resident says she is encountering a continuing battle to get unsightly and smelly dog waste bins emptied properly.

Community-spirited Andrea Lanxon, from Poltair Residents' Association, has contacted the Cornish Guardian after repeatedly contacting Cornwall Council asking for the bins to be emptied.

Ms Lanxon said the worst-hit spots for overflowing bins, where walkers can dispose of their dogs' poo, are by Phernyssick Road, and in Prince Charles Park and Lostwood Community Garden.

She said at a recent community event at Lostwood Community Gardens she was left with no other option than to empty the bin herself.

She said: "I didn't feel I should have to do it but I could not just leave it overflowing. There have been many occasions when I have had to empty the bins myself, particularly when we have had events in Prince Charles Park and Lostwood Community Garden. This entails me taking the smelly bags in my car to the recycling centre."

Cornwall Council's contractors Cory are responsible for the clearing of the bins but they don't seem to be taking the role seriously, she said.

"It's a continuing problem; the bins are not being emptied properly. I have phoned them on several occasions and they say they will sort it out the next day, which is fine but then I have to phone them again the next time it happens. It is antisocial and unsightly and in hot weather it stinks."

A Cornwall Council spokesman said: "The bins are emptied weekly each Thursday. We will work with Cory to reassess the frequency and if it is found not to be sufficient we will increase collections and we will also look into replacing relatively small capacity bins with larger ones."

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  • avoter2  |  September 07 2013, 6:36PM

    We have the same problem in Lostwithiel. One dog poo bin in particular hasn't been emptied for three weeks now, but then, I think the walk along the towpath to where its sited would be a strain for Cory. Its a disgrace, all through the hot summer we faced this problem, and it surely poses a serious health hazard? We dog owners are told to 'pick up', fined if caught not doing so, but surely full bins are not encouraging responsible dog owners to comply?