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'Dog poo guru' reviews removal of dog waste and litter bins

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 25, 2013

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CONTROVERSIAL cuts to Torbay's dog waste and litter bins are to be reviewed by a 'dog poo guru'.

The decision follows howls of protest after the council removed 160 bins as a result of a £500,000 cut to joint venture company Tor2's workload.

The reduction also reduces opening hours at some public toilets across Torbay.

Cllr Derek Mills, lead for business planning and governance, is leading the review set to take place in the autumn.

The news came as members met for a full council meeting on Thursday.

Members questions were dominated about why ward members were not consulted.

Cllr Darren Cowell called for an immediate review.

He said: "Now we have a poo guru in Derek Mills. That dialogue should not be started in the autumn. It needs to start now."

Cllr Ray Hill, executive lead for highways, transport and environment, said the number of bins would remain the same.

He said: "We are sticking to 160 removals. It's as simple as that."

He said there should have been consultation ahead of the changes.

He said: "Not all ward councillors were consulted. Should they have been, yes they should, that will not happen again."

Mayor Gordon Oliver said the bins had to be managed efficiently. But he vowed not to cut public toilets.

Hew said: "Toilet closures and opening time reductions are not going to happen and if it has happened it will be revoked."

Councillors are now leading a review on where the bin cuts will fall. The council says about 160 from approximately 900 will go, still leaving 740 bins available across the Bay.

Councillors have been asked to talk to the residents in their wards about the number and position of bins and to come up with alternative suggestions.

The councillors will be talking to residents during August with a review meeting to take place in early September.

The following bins are to be replaced immediately: Moor Lane ,Watcombe, Cherrybrook Shopping Square, Ramshill Area, Stantaway Hill, Stanley Gardens, Collaton Area, Brunel Road, Ferrers Green and Cliff Road Livermead.

Cllr Mills said after the meeting: "There are some cases where there are two bins together and in other spots no provision so we want to take a common sense approach to this."

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  • Azriel22  |  July 25 2013, 3:03PM

    ......... "Cllr Ray Hill, executive lead for highways, transport and environment, said the number of bins would remain the same. He said: "We are sticking to 160 removals. It's as simple as that." He said there should have been consultation ahead of the changes. He said: "Not all ward Councillors were consulted. Should they have been, yes they should, that will not happen again. .............. 'Lessons have been learned' could have been added for good measure I suppose. Those of us with long memories will recall these very same words being reeled out many times - not least after the notorious Paignton Green bollards and chains left us, at a cost exceeding £30,000, as a retirement gesture by Cllr. Mills when he was but a Manager of beaches or some similar title. Same hollow words from Councillors then about "we weren't kept informed" & "won't happen again". Cllr. Ray Hill sounds like negotiation is a word unknown to him - shades of the notorious Tito. Hill would be better employed looking at the general disgusting state of the pavements in Torquay - especially the unfinished and already filthy Fleet Street. Where pray is the £30,000 all bells and whistles power cleaning machine that we purchased from Germany all those years ago - I can say I've seen it in use just twice in ten years! Today we have a Tor2 operative with a 2 ton van and power washer chemical spray removing chewing gum piece by piece from block paving outside Tesco - not exactly cost-effective use of labour/equipment I think bearing in mind above-mentioned machine.. Perhaps Cllr. Mills, in his new responsibility, would look to getting more man/woman power emptying litter bins in our main thoroughfare as the usual well overworked team have no hope of keeping up with the overflowing inadequate containers.

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