A Larne dog owner says Mid and East Antrim Council is ‘not holding up its part of the bargain’ with pet owners by leaving dog litter bins overflowing.
The local man, who does not wish to be identified, spoke out after witnessing two dog litter bins on Larne’s Ballyhampton Road piled high with bags full of dog mess.
In both cases, bags of dog waste had been left on the bin lids due to the bins being full.
At one receptacle, dog owners had left bags of waste on the groundbelow the bin, due to a lack of space on the lid.
The concerned resident said that he feels council isn’t doing enough to support responsible dog owners who want to clean up after their pets.
“The council would be quick to fine people for not picking up after their dogs, so why aren’t they as quick to empty the bins?” he asked.
“I can understand the council handing out fines when people are lazy and don’t pick up after their dogs, but when are they going to start emptying the bins regularly to help responsible dog owners who go to the effort of taking their dog waste there?”
“At one of these bins there are a dozen bags sitting on the bin lid, as the bin is full up, as well as three to four bags sitting around the bin. That area is popular with families with young children, so it presents a health hazard.
“The situation is bad in winter, but if it continues into the summer the smell will be terrible. Problems like this damage the area’s character.”
Last month, the Times reported that Mid and East Antrim Council is considering rolling out mobile CCTV across the borough to stamp out dog fouling.
However, the local resident says it is “not realistic” for the council to expect a decrease in dog fouling without implementing support measures.
“Responsible dog owners’ efforts are being hampered by the council and we want them to accept responsibility and empty the bins, otherwise what are we paying rates for?” he concluded.
A Mid and East Antrim Council spokesperson said the overflowing bin was reported last Thursday evening (February 8)and emptied and replaced with a larger bin the next morning. He stated that the bins on the Ballyhampton Road are scheduled to be emptied twice a week.
He said that dog waste bins in Larne are “monitored twice a week” and are “emptied weekly, twice weekly and more than twice weekly depending on usage.”
“The bins are checked with the same frequency during summer and winter,” he added.