... and a new low point – the mess bagged up in the trees

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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.”

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