AN ELLON man has hit out at the local authority, after claiming that dog fouling bins in the town have gone unemptied for weeks.
Norman Fraser, who maintains the area beside the River Ythan, says that one unemptied bin at the Glebe field is a health hazard, and makes a mockery of the council’s policy on dog fouling.
“It’s absolutely disgusting,” he told the Times. “It makes me angry to think the council have spent money on these facilities, yet isn’t maintaining them properly. Somebody is not doing their job, it’s as simple as that.
“People in Ellon do generally clean up after their pets. I have only encountered a couple of instances of dog fouling in the area - the biggest mess is the one gathered at the bin near the entrance to the Glebe Field.”
He added that the sight of overflowing dog fouling bins would only serve to deter tourists from visiting the town.
“It’s an embarrassment to the residents of the town taking visitors down past the Glebe Field,” he said.
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said a staff absence had meant the dog bin hadn’t been emptied recently but regular collections will get back on track this week.
He said: “We will make arrangements to empty the riverside dog bin and will monitor its use as part of our usual collection arrangements.
“Residents should also be aware that dog mess can also be disposed of in general waste bins as long as it is bagged appropriately.”