Not everything at Cornwall Council is bad; it might seem that way in some of my blog topics, but its not. From all the officers I speak to they want to help, they really do. Sadly, it all comes down to money and everyone seems to have their begging bowls out wanting something.
For some months now I have been requesting the missing dog waste bins to be replaced. It has at times been very frustrating and annoying when I don’t seem to get anywhere. Others may give up, but not me, as once I have my teeth into something I will see it though to the end.
It seems my persistence (or some may say annoying) has paid off; as I have now got at least three of the missing dog bins being replaced. I know dog bins may not seem like a huge priority, but they are to many of the people I represent.
In the next few days I will be having a site meeting in Porthleven to establish the best place for these bins to go. I know one area that should have one is Peverell Terrace as this is a heavily used area for dog walkers. The other two areas will be selected on the feedback I have received from residents and dog owners.
I am really grateful to officers at Cornwall Council for finding the time, and more importantly, the money to deal with my request. Thank you.
It is the end of Clean Cornwall Week and Cornwall Council is claiming it to be a success. I will agree to this to a point, but for me all the flashy publicity will not solve the problem without more bins being provided. You can ask people to not to litter, but without the bins, it will not stop.
For the last few months I have been trying to get more bins, especially dog waste bins into Porthleven. I know of five dog waste bins that should be in place, but are missing. I have asked repeatedly for these to be replaced, but I am told over and over again there is no money for them to be replaced.
As a compromise I have said I would settle for three of the missing five to be replaced. Again, this has resulted in a no. So frustrated with this stance I wrote to the Portfolio Holder asking for his intervention. This letter from me was sent over 20 days ago, I followed it up asking for an update on the 12th Sept. As yet, I have not had a complete answer to my request.
The recently formed PIP group is trying to help clean up the local environment, but It cannot do this on its own. So if Cornwall Council really wants to clean up our towns and villages make sure there is money available for bins. As without them you are not going to solve littering, or worse dog mess.
For information: dog waste can be placed into standard litter bins.