... and a new low point – the mess bagged up in the trees
A VOLUNTEER for the National Trust has spoken out about his pet hate of people leaving dog faeces hanging from trees in bags after becoming covered in the foul waste when strimming the towpath in Runnymede. Brian Le Cornu, from Addlestone, was clearing nettles near his home when his strimmer hit the bag. He said: “I don’t understand ‘responsible’ owners who bag their dog’s faeces, then hang the bag on a fence or throw it into a nearby bush, where it will remain for years. “Is it really too much to expect dog owners to take it home and dispose of it themselves instead of expecting someone else to deal with it? “It would be better just to kick it into the undergrowth where it will rot away or be removed by slugs rather than put it in a plastic bag that will not degrade.” Others have agreed with him but also blame the council for not providing enough dog waste bins. David, from Addlestone, said: “I’m appalled by that antisocial behaviour. There is a bin for dogs’ deposits at New Haw lock but not at Coxes Lock, where it is too much trouble for some people to take their filled bags over the road to a rubbish bin by the seats across the grass verge. “I rang the council last year to request an extra bin near the mill pond but to no avail.
“I will try again, as Crockford Park Road has acquired a dog bin recently, apparently following public requests.” Sharon Cooper, from Sheerwater, said: “I went out for a three-mile run with my dog, incorporating a long section along the canal and I didn’t run past a single bin on the route. “That makes for a weighty run when you have a big dog.” Frances, from New Haw, said: “What is wrong with people? How do their brains work? Do they think the ‘poo fairy’ will be collecting them later? “I agree with Brian. Kick it and cover it up in the undergrowth. At least it will rot away.” The council is responsible for the removal of dog mess from footpaths and the emptying of dog waste bins within the borough. On its website, it states dog waste should be bagged and placed in the dog bins located throughout the borough.
If there isn’t a dog bin nearby, waste can be put in a litter bin, as long as it’s bagged, or the message is take it home with you and put it in your rubbish bin. A few days after the strimmer incident, Mr Le Cornu came across a black bin bag full of dog mess. He said: “Between the Wey and Basingstoke canals near Byfleet, there is a footbridge to give access to the Basingstoke towpath. “Under the ramp for this footbridge, some person, or persons, had deposited a very large bin bag of dog poo, all in separate bags. “We had the job of clearing it up. It took two wheelbarrow loads to remove. Sometimes I despair of modern society.”