Dog walkers in Burntisland are warning that an overflowing dog waste bin next to a children’s playpark is a serious health hazard.
And they say that although owners are criticised for not clearing up after their pets, when they try to do so they are faced with full bins and carrier bags full of excrement lying around them because they are not big enough for the numbers using them and are not emptied often enough.
One fed up owner contacted the Press this week after bins around the scenic Red Pond area, one of the most popular walking areas in Burntisland, had not been emptied for THREE WEEKS.
Ron Bremner (74), who walks his two springer spaniels Jazz and Teagan in the area most days, sent in photographs of the overflowing receptacles around the Red Pond area at the weekend.
He said it had been full for weeks, with many walkers leaving bags at the side of the bin. And it was only after a councillor contacted Fife Council to ask for them to be emptied that they did so the next day.
Mr Bremner said: “Since they built the new school on the Toll Park there have been many more people coming here to walk their dogs because it is one of the few remaining green spaces in the town.
“The small bins can’t cope with the volume of waste and they are full after a few days.
“There’s one at the entrance to the Red Pond field and one on railings next to Rossend Terrace playpark. Both are constantly piled high with bags and they can lie for weeks, which must be a health hazard.
“One of the walkers called the council and was told that the bins are emptied every Friday, but that is nonsense. I’ve seen them overflowing for weeks.”
A professional dog walker who uses the area several times a day added: “They used to empty them two or three times a week, but now it is every two to three weeks, which is nowhere near enough.
“People will just get to the stage of not picking up the mess if the bins aren’t getting emptied.”
Another dog walker said: “I come down twice a week and the bins have been in a dreadful state recently. They are not big enough for the number of people using them.”
Scott Clelland, Kirkcaldy area parks manager at Fife Council, said: “It appears that the bags were not deposited correctly into the bin which made the bin appear to be overflowing. We will monitor the situation over the next few weeks.
“If the problems continue we will replace the bin with a 240L utility litter bin.
“We would encourage people to dispose of dog waste in any litter bin and not just rely on specific waste bins.”
Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act
The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act came into force in 2003.
Any person in charge of a dog who fails immediately to clean up after it is guilty of an offence unless they have a reasonable excuse or consent from the landowner.
The penalty is a fine of up to £500, and authorities can issue fixed penalty notices of £40 increasing to £60 if not paid within 28 days from the day after the offence was committed.