Dog poo bins are left overflowing by council

Overflowing dog poo bin at Warley
Overflowing dog poo bin at Warley

calderdale Council has been accused of double standards after “dog poo” bins were left overflowing.

The authority has taken a heavy-handed approach to those who don’t clean-up after their pets.

It boasted latest figures showing 59 Fixed Penalty Notices had been issued over three months - up from a recent average of 12 such notices per year.

Offenders are fined £50 with court proceedings pending if fines are not paid within 14 days and the fines will rise to £80 when Dog Control Orders come into force in August.

Hotspot areas targeted include Warley and the message has got through to dog walkers who are cleaning-up after their pets.

So much so, that bins are overflowing with dog poo.

Disgruntled dog walker Rod Mellor regularly walks his two dogs around playing fields at Warley.

“Dog walkers are cleaning-up but the council is not emptying the bins which have been left overlowing,” he said.

“The council is picking on dog walkers and it’s disgraceful that it talks one way and then doesn’t remove dog waste from the bins.

“But, it shows that people with dogs are cleaning-up and that is the main thing.”

When the Courier alerted the council about the overflowing bins they were emptied immediately.

A council spokesperson said: “We are grateful to people for bringing this to our attention.

“We have arranged for the bins to be emptied and, if it is necessary, for them to be emptied more often in the future.”

Last year the council received 695 complaints about dog fouling which was the highest on record.

That prompted the council to review its procedures for dealing with complaints and more enforcement officers are working in known hotspots.

Its consultation on draft Dog Control Orders attracted nearly 900 public comments.