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Tidy Towns target a new sort of mess

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:01 01 August 2010

THE mucky business of people not cleaning up after their pets is causing a headache for our Tidy Towns team in Bungay.

An unknown fly-tipper has been continually dumping bags of cat litter on the verge of Earsham Bridge, in what is one of the most unusual incidents so far.

THE mucky business of people not cleaning up after their pets is causing a headache for our Tidy Towns team in Bungay.

An unknown fly-tipper has been continually dumping bags of cat litter on the verge of Earsham Bridge, in what is one of the most unusual incidents so far.

And over in Beccles it's the canine variety causing problems for children trying to walk along the footpaths near schools.

Mike Daniels, cleansing service manager said of the cat litter problem: “It is most unusual and as you can imagine, most unpleasant.

“There is absolutely no need for this, as whoever is doing it could use their black bin to dispose of this waste responsibly. This is also a dangerous practice, because on some occasions they have been left in the road and have been hit by passing cars. We will be carrying out regular visits to the area and will be monitoring the situation closely.

“There is also an issue with dog fouling and the team has received a number of reports from residents in Beccles about incidents along the footpaths near schools. Irresponsible owners are not clearing up after their pets and it's making it a hazardous journey for the children.

“The actions of this inconsiderate minority are dealt with through the normal process of street cleansing, but the council understands that residents are concerned about dog fouling and any reported dog mess will be removed from roads, parks, play areas or the beach within 24 hours.

“We are not sure if the dark mornings and evenings are causing people to think they won't be seen, but we would like to remind owners that it is illegal to fail to clear up after your dog. Owners could face a fixed penalty fine of £80, or a fine of up to £1,000 if there is a conviction in the courts.”

Fly-tipping of a television, microwave and settee at Shelton Place in Beccles, a cooker at Mettingham and bags at Princess Road, Bungay have also been reported.

To report an incident telephone the Tidy Towns hotline on 01502 562111.

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