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Published: 29 June 2021

The Community Council acknowledges the fact that at the moment they have an issue with the contractor not emptying the dog waste bins in the usual manner – but are working to resolve this. Some dog waste bins are currently being abused, with some residents depositing bulk bags of waste in the bin thereby filling them prematurely, with some bins being used for the disposal of children’s nappies – this is tantamount to fly-tipping and has a knock-on effect resulting in bags being left at the base of the bins - which is un-hygienic and a health hazard. DO NOT USE THE BIN TO DISPOSE OF BULK WASTE – DO NOT USE THE BIN TO DISPOSE OF NAPPIES and - IF THE BIN IS FULL TAKE YOUR BAG HOME. The Community Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all the many dog owners who do pick up after their dogs, and dispose of the waste responsibly.

Council note with interest comments posted 29th June 2021 on the Magor with Undy Community Facebook page, where the member of the public engaged in conversation with the company contracted to empty the Council’s dog waste bins, and in particular that the company did not know where all the Council’s dog waste bins were located. Council would take this opportunity to point out that the contractor concerned actually installed the bins for the Council, and they have recently been supplied with a list giving full details of the bin locations, including post code reference, as well as a detailed map of the area pin-pointing the bins. The contractor was also made aware that the bin at the top of the new Bellway development had been reinstated after being moved by the developers. The Community Council is continuing to work with Monmouthshire County Council to try and resolve contractor issues in respect of dog waste bins. Provision of dog waste bins is not a statutory duty for a Unitary, Town or Community Council. But the Community Council provides the bins and pays for the maintenance of these bins from the Council’s Precept, which it would remind residents it has kept the same for two years.

Councillors would like to take this opportunity to reassure residents that they are doing everything they can to resolve the issue of overflowing dog waste bins.