Relief in dog poo strife

Surfleet district councillor Sally Slade next to the new dog bin in Colbeach Lane.
Surfleet district councillor Sally Slade next to the new dog bin in Colbeach Lane.
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The days of selfish dog owners leaving their pets’ poo behind on pavements in Surfleet may be numbered after the arrival of a new bin.

After pressure from villagers, a new dog bin has been put in Colbeach Lane about a year after one was provided at the other end of a footpath in the same street which is popular with dog walkers.

Speaking to the Guardian last December, Surfleet parish councillor Fran Healands said: “The amount of dog poo left on pavements in Surfleet has got ridiculous.

“Three new dog bins have been put around the village but it’s not helped at all because people are too ignorant to use them.

“It’s got to the point where people with a bugbear about the problem should try and do something about it.”

The new bin has been funded by district councillor Sally Slade who said: “About a year ago, someone asked me to put a bin at one end of the footpath which is very popular with dog walkers.

“A few weeks ago, they asked again if it was possible to have one at the other end of the path and this is the result.

“As someone said: ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’ so that now, many dog-walkers are using this new bin.”