A couple of days ago, I featured here the curious case of the missing dog poo bin just behind Chandlers Keep near the canal in Brownhills – local dog walkers were unhappy at the disappearance of the well used disposal point.
Following the contact by @WingedMaidenUK on the Twitter I posted here and made enquiries. A quick investigation showed the bin had been apparently professionally removed, and contact with Walsall Council confirmed this.
Walsall Clean and Green got back to me yesterday (Friday 1st May 2015) with a one-line, somewhat terse response on twitter:
Hi @BrownhillsBob We removed poo bin as it was attracting ASB. We encourage dog owners to take poo bags home and put into their grey bin.— Clean&GreenServices (@CleanGreenTweet) May 1, 2015
The story I’ve been able to ascertain through other channels is apparently that there were complains of kids throwing poo bags by residents of Chandlers Keep, which indeed, would be very unpleasant.
I attempted to engage with Clean & Green and suggested the bin be moved, say to the grass by Anchor Bridge where it would be better placed anyway for walkers travelling in both directions. So far, they haven’t answered.
I find Walsall Council’s apparent lack of willingness to engage owith the public on this matter disappointing.
As of Saturday, a pile of bags is building up where the bin was, so the removal has made matters worse, not better, and I received a comment from Matthew Godridge, a Chandlers Keep resident, who said:
Well as one of the residents I can say none of us have complained on Chandlers Keep I for one wish more dog owners actually use it!
This situation is clearly unsatisfactory all round and I’d welcome engagement from Walsall Council to move the bin to a better location to suit all concerned.
It’s all a bit shit, really…