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Concern over ‘unsightly mess’ on Cuckoo Trail near Hellingly

Dog mess on Cuckoo Trail

Dog mess on Cuckoo Trail

A Hellingly resident has raised concerns about the state of dog waste bins on a beauty spot claiming they have been left to overflow making the area an ‘eyesore.’

Ian Gale, from Roebuck Park, said the dog bins on the Cuckoo Trail near Hellingly had been left to overflow, spilling out on to the picturesque route.

He took the picture (right) at the trail on Sunday (March 2).

He said it is an ongoing problem, and he is now calling on the local authority responsible for the trail to keep the area clean.

Ian said: “Responsible dog owners clean up and deposit their animal’s waste at the points provided, only to find that the site is not maintained by the responsible authority.

“This is not an isolated occurrence.

“This unsightly mess is a constant feature of this otherwise picturesque leisure trail.

“A valuable asset to the area in my opinion.

“Since becoming a resident of East Sussex some two years ago, I continue to be surprised by the beauty of the area.

“I am therefore incensed when I find that the council cannot be bothered to empty its own bins.

“I am sure that if a resident acted in such a slovenly manner the council would, quite rightly, take action.

“Apart from the unsightly mess this must be a health hazard.

“Can I please request that this eyesore and hazard is cleaned up as quickly as possible.”

The Cuckoo Trail is the responsibility of Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council.

The emptying of the bins is the responsibility of Wealden District Council and is carried out by contractor Kier.

A spokesman for Wealden District Council said it would look into emptying the bins more frequently.

A spokesman for Wealden District Council said: “ We are grateful to Mr Gale for pointing this out.

“It is the responsibility of Wealden District Council and our waste contractor Kier ensure that the bins are emptied and the mess is cleared up.

“Some of the dog bins on the Cuckoo Trail are used more often than others and are emptied more frequently,

“In this case it appears that more frequent emptying may be necessary.”

 

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