Disgust as bags of dog mess left hanging on Pontypool tree

A PONTYPOOL resident is concerned after spotting that a tree in the town centre had been filled with used dog waste bags.

The female resident, who would prefer not to be named, noticed that a tree, which is situated over the river next to the entrance of Riverside car park, was full of used dog waste bags.

She said: “It appears someone is picking up dog waste in plastic bags and then throwing it into this tree.”

The woman, from Pontnewynydd, and her husband noticed the tree as they use the new path that runs alongside the car park and into the town centre.

She said: “It filled up over a few weeks and had over 20 bags hanging from its branches- it looked disgusting.

“The council are trying to regenerate the town and spent money on making the area look nice and then someone does that.”

She explained that due to the recent storms, many of the bags have now ended up in the river, with some of the bags becoming caught, and still seen afloat in the water.

She added: “It beggars belief that someone would do this.”

A Torfaen Council spokesman said: “This incident is currently being investigated.

“However, we would remind all dog walkers that it is their responsibility to dispose of faeces safely. Depositing it in trees is unacceptable, and if caught will result in a fixed penalty notice.”

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4:48pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

Double the penalty for these morons, It is getting more common.
Double the penalty for these morons, It is getting more common. Woodgnome
  • Score: 8

5:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

I am deadly says...

Take a walk anywhere in the area and you find this going on - cycletracks / near any pavements / graveyards in fact anywhere you can see a tree theres a great chance to find doggie bags thrown into them - sadly unless the enforcement officers go outside of the towns they patrol nothing will change - there are a few idiots about doing this - you must wonder if they are willing to do this, then should we be confident they are actually looking after their animals or even children if they managed to find out how to make them ^^ This minority do not deserve to live in an area so rich in history and scenic beauty - these few scumbags are spoiling it for people that actually what to live here - heavy fines and CCTV are the answer to this - but TCBC spending on anything other than the community farm (400k per year) or on anything concerning fining people (wales stats 2 total fines for flytipping all last year) - well what can you expect - another issue is the lack of bins in the area - TCBC saying they cannot afford bins, yet 7 of the old bins from the pontypool regen were at hereford auctions being sold by the contractor - with a lack of any systems in place by torfaen, well I wouldn't trust TCBC to run a bath .....
Take a walk anywhere in the area and you find this going on - cycletracks / near any pavements / graveyards in fact anywhere you can see a tree theres a great chance to find doggie bags thrown into them - sadly unless the enforcement officers go outside of the towns they patrol nothing will change - there are a few idiots about doing this - you must wonder if they are willing to do this, then should we be confident they are actually looking after their animals or even children if they managed to find out how to make them ^^ This minority do not deserve to live in an area so rich in history and scenic beauty - these few scumbags are spoiling it for people that actually what to live here - heavy fines and CCTV are the answer to this - but TCBC spending on anything other than the community farm (400k per year) or on anything concerning fining people (wales stats 2 total fines for flytipping all last year) - well what can you expect - another issue is the lack of bins in the area - TCBC saying they cannot afford bins, yet 7 of the old bins from the pontypool regen were at hereford auctions being sold by the contractor - with a lack of any systems in place by torfaen, well I wouldn't trust TCBC to run a bath ..... I am deadly
  • Score: 5

6:23pm Thu 9 Jan 14

kez1968 says...

I thought the tree improved the appeal of pontypool guess I'm wrong :)
I thought the tree improved the appeal of pontypool guess I'm wrong :) kez1968
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Thu 9 Jan 14

no cheese says...

Unfortunately this is all councils fault. If you go for a walk along the canal (no bins). If you walk at the parks (bins are full or no bins). Even if you walk on the foot path outside your home to the local shop (no bins). Malpas dog walk near the old gladiator (bins full) only two bins. New walk from Caerleon to Malpas not one bin in between. The council spent loads on creating somewhere nice but never back it up. People will only walk so long swinging a poo around. I will walk with my dogs doo but its not pleasant. People and councils asked people to pick up the poo but now its time we were giving places to dispose it.
Unfortunately this is all councils fault. If you go for a walk along the canal (no bins). If you walk at the parks (bins are full or no bins). Even if you walk on the foot path outside your home to the local shop (no bins). Malpas dog walk near the old gladiator (bins full) only two bins. New walk from Caerleon to Malpas not one bin in between. The council spent loads on creating somewhere nice but never back it up. People will only walk so long swinging a poo around. I will walk with my dogs doo but its not pleasant. People and councils asked people to pick up the poo but now its time we were giving places to dispose it. no cheese
  • Score: 6

1:01pm Sat 11 Jan 14

westender says...

no cheese wrote:
Unfortunately this is all councils fault. If you go for a walk along the canal (no bins). If you walk at the parks (bins are full or no bins). Even if you walk on the foot path outside your home to the local shop (no bins). Malpas dog walk near the old gladiator (bins full) only two bins. New walk from Caerleon to Malpas not one bin in between. The council spent loads on creating somewhere nice but never back it up. People will only walk so long swinging a poo around. I will walk with my dogs doo but its not pleasant. People and councils asked people to pick up the poo but now its time we were giving places to dispose it.
"The councils fault" I don't live in Torfaen area but I fail to see how the laziness of a minority of dog walkers can be blamed on anyone but themselves, I take my dog out at least twice a day sometimes to areas where there are no bins I pick up her faeces in a bag, tie the top and carry it for the twenty or thirty minutes I am out and put it in my household bin on return home.
Not exactly rocket science, and neither is abdicating responsibility for something so basic as caring for you dog
[quote][p][bold]no cheese[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is all councils fault. If you go for a walk along the canal (no bins). If you walk at the parks (bins are full or no bins). Even if you walk on the foot path outside your home to the local shop (no bins). Malpas dog walk near the old gladiator (bins full) only two bins. New walk from Caerleon to Malpas not one bin in between. The council spent loads on creating somewhere nice but never back it up. People will only walk so long swinging a poo around. I will walk with my dogs doo but its not pleasant. People and councils asked people to pick up the poo but now its time we were giving places to dispose it.[/p][/quote]"The councils fault" I don't live in Torfaen area but I fail to see how the laziness of a minority of dog walkers can be blamed on anyone but themselves, I take my dog out at least twice a day sometimes to areas where there are no bins I pick up her faeces in a bag, tie the top and carry it for the twenty or thirty minutes I am out and put it in my household bin on return home. Not exactly rocket science, and neither is abdicating responsibility for something so basic as caring for you dog westender
  • Score: -1

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