Anger as full dog mess bins are left to over­flow

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­ Plas­tic bags full of dog mess were left lit­ter­ing a Ken­ning­ton street for more than a week.

While res­i­dents of some roads in the bor­ough were lament­ing the lack of refuse and re­cy­cling col­lec­tions tak­ing place, peo­ple liv­ing around Ken­ning­ton green were suf­fer­ing from a sep­a­rate waste prob­lem.

Dog bins in the area were not emp­tied, lead­ing to ex­cre­ment be­ing left on the sur­round­ing streets.

Gras­mere Road res­i­dent Trevor Groves, 58, said: “It’s been the hottest week of the year, and the state of the green is dis­gust­ing. “There are usu­ally fairly regu- lar col­lec­tions, but no one has been out for more than a week.

“We’re try­ing to get vil­lage green sta­tus, so we usu­ally keep the area very clean, but bags have piled up, the seag­ulls have ripped them open, and there is dogs’ mess every­where.”

Mr Groves added: “We’ve tried to re­port it to the coun­cil, but it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to speak to any­one.”

An Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesman said on Tues­day that it has been out to empty the bins since the prob­lems were re­ported.

The spokesman added: “We re­ceived re­ports that the dog bin in Ken­ning­ton green was full to ca­pac­ity, and it has now been emp­tied.

“This was an iso­lated in­ci­dent, and we apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience.”

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