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No excuses for dog walkers as new facilities installed
Thursday 8th April, 2010

No excuses for dog walkers as new facilities installed
Operatives from Wigan Council install the bin and dispenser unit.

It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.

And if you’re a dog walker in Heyes Road in Orrell, that someone is YOU.

A brand new poop bag dispenser unit and litter bin has recently been installed in an area where some irresponsible dog walkers have appeared to show little consideration to local residents.

And in no time at all, it’s beginning to make a difference, with some dog walkers already spotted pocketing the bags, no doubt keen to ensure they are quick off the mark when their pooches do their business.

And residents are so delighted with the idea, they’ve agreed to chip in and help out.

“The problem of dog-fouling was definitely getting worse,” says Carol Duckworth, who has lived on Heyes Road for 40 years and has already been on ‘refill duty’, replenishing the bag dispenser unit when stocks ran low.

“At the top of Heyes Road is a field which has become popular with dog owners throughout the area. Unfortunately, to reach it, they use our road together with another passage which runs alongside the field, and both are often heavily fouled.

“But since the bin was installed, I’ve definitely seen an improvement. Heyes Road is a lot cleaner. It is early days but the bin is getting used and the idea does seem to be very promising.”

Wigan Council’s cleansing team has agreed to empty the litter bin every other day to ensure there are no complaints about smells. Whatsmore, the unit doubles up as a cigarette bin, cutting down on that kind of waste too.

Neighbourhood Officer, Karen Sutcliffe, adds:

“On the day we installed the unit, I spoke to three dog walkers to tell them about the new bin & dispenser and one gentleman even took a couple of bags and put them in his pocket - so it was nice to know it was already being put to good use.

“Residents are showing their support by refilling the unit and agreeing to report any concerns, for instance, if school kids start pulling the bags out and throwing them on the ground. But we are hopeful it will be used for the right purposes, and if it proves successful here, it may get rolled out in other areas.”

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