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Dog mess is making Flint alley disgusting, says resident

Published date: 19 December 2013 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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AN ANGRY resident has described the state of an alleyway near a busy town centre as “disgusting”.

Flint Residents Association vice-chairman Kevin McClelland says people are regularly letting their dogs foul in the passage between Church Street and Feather Street in the town.

He said Flintshire Council needed to clear the path more often.

“It is littered in dog muck,” he said. “On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it is like a donkey has been down there.

“It is despicable. I have rung the council and I tell them every week. It really is disgusting.”

Mr McClelland, of Bolingbroke Heights, Flint, said the situation was such that residents had told him they were avoiding the alleyway.

“The alleyway is a shortcut into the town centre,” he said.

“One lady said she couldn’t get through because there was that much dog muck.

“If you have a pram you can’t go through. It needs stopping. Everybody has been saying about it.

“There are workmen down there and I think they have put sand over it but we want the council to go down and wash it.”

Mr McClelland said the issue had been ongoing for a long time, and it was often worse on the weekend owing to fewer council clean-ups.

Ian Vaughan-Evans, Flintshire Council’s interim head of public protection, said: “As part of our ongoing Operation Clean-Up and environmental crime work, we undertake regular patrols in an attempt to catch people who fail to clean up after their dogs.

“These two areas of Flint have been identified as particular ‘hotspots’ and are subject to continuing patrols.

“We have over the last few weeks issued several fixed penalty notices for dog fouling with one resulting in a successful prosecution and a £495 fine for non-payment.”

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