Wokingham Liberal Democrats were horrified when Tory-
Councillor Phil Challis (Lib Dem councillor for Loddon ward) says, “This is a terrible idea and the council has made a right dog’s dinner of this. The bins were removed without any warning, and with no explanation to the public that normal litter bins could be used for dog waste. In many cases, no alternative bins were even provided.”
Following a public uproar, signs have been placed where the dog bins have been removed advising people to use normal litter bins, and the council has promised to provide more bins.
Phil Challis said, “It is sheer incompetence on the part of the Tory executive that resulted in such a shambles.” He added, “Dog poo littering our communities is horrible, and the council needs to do everything in its power to make it easy for dog owners to take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets. Removing all the dog bins could result in a huge increase in dog fouling.
“The public don’t want dog mess in their parks and on pavements. Many residents have told me that they are very unhappy that dog poo can be put in normal litter bins. These bins don’t have lids or liners, and people are worried about the smell, the lack of hygiene and the risk of catching toxacariasis. I call on the Tory executive to re-