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Community councillors hear of 'massive improvement' in dog-fouling issue at Wick riverside


By Alan Hendry

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Wick's riverside area is a popular walking route. Picture: Alan Hendry
Wick's riverside area is a popular walking route. Picture: Alan Hendry

One of the most popular walking routes in Wick has seen a marked reduction in dog mess, according to a local community councillor.

Allan Bruce reported that the riverside area has been looking "a lot better" and he praised Highland Council workers for ensuring dog mess bins are emptied regularly.

Mr Bruce, who is working on an information campaign to raise awareness of the issue, acknowledged that fouling remains a problem in other parts of the town.

“I walk around the Wick riverside and I have noticed a massive improvement in the issue down there," he told the May meeting of the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council.

“The bin up at the caravan park for the dog fouling to go in was actually overflowing, so that was good to see because obviously folk are picking it up.

“I regularly email Kenny Gow [from Highland Council waste services] back and fore if the bins are full at the riverside. I just take a photograph and send it to him, and he gets the guys to come down and empty them that same morning.

“There seems to be quite a good working relationship there, so I would like to thank Kenny for his co-operation."

Mr Bruce added: “I know there are other areas of the town – but, just from the sheer volume of people using the riverside, it’s a lot better.”


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