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Froncysyllte canal dog dirt a disgrace, says volunteer

Published date: 26 March 2014 |
Published by: Rory Sheehan
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BAGS of dog excrement abandoned at a World Heritage Site will damage tourism, it has been claimed.

Volunteer Mike Gleed, 67, of Froncysyllte, goes out litter-picking at least once a week around the canal side of the village’s swing bridge towards Pentre.

He said: “It’s absolutely disgusting and very annoying.

“Tourists do notice it and say it’s horrendous.

“We’re trying to increase tourism in the Fron, yet it’s probably locals who are causing the majority of the problem.

“I know there are hardly any bins there, but people should really take it away with them.

“Once a week I do a circuit over the aqueduct and every week there are at least 20 bags lying around or chucked up in the trees. If I left it a week there would be 40 bags there.”

He added: “It’s frustrating because they have obviously gone to the trouble of bagging the stuff up, but won’t dispose of it properly.

“They wouldn’t have to drive too far to find a bin and people who use the canal boats actually ask me where the nearest bin is.”

Mike says the problem has been going on since he began volunteering for environmental body Keep Wales Tidy a couple of years ago, but is becoming frustrated that nothing is being done to address it.

The site was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2009 and is under the responsibility of North Wales and Borders Waterways, Canal and River Trust.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “We are aware that there are issues with dog mess around Froncysyllte and this is something that we are trying to resolve.

“It is great that people are picking up after their pet, but we are asking pet owners who are visiting the canal to then dispose of the bag properly.”

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