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Dog waste bagged but not binned is 'absolutely disgusting' says Thurso community councillor


By Gordon Calder

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A THURSO community councillor has hit out at people who pick up their dog's mess, put it in a bag but not it in a bin.

"It is absolutely disgusting," said Louise Smith at the most recent meeting of the Thurso Community Council. She wondered if there is anything the police could do to deter the practice.

Some people are bagging but not binning dog waste, according to Thurso community councillor, Louise Smith Pic. Gary Anthony
Some people are bagging but not binning dog waste, according to Thurso community councillor, Louise Smith Pic. Gary Anthony

But she was told by Thurso-based officer, Chris Millar, the issue was one for Highland Council rather than Police Scotland.

"If we see someone leaving the dog waste behind then we can deal with it in the same way as litter. I know it is very frustrating but this is a matter more for Highland Council than us," he said.

He was also asked about the lack of bobbies on the beat in the town and replied that officers do patrol the streets on foot but as they are "a bit stretched" they often have to cover the area in patrol cars.

Earlier, criticism was made about the repairs carried out on the road between Princes Street and the Dunbar hospital.

"It is a quality issue," said community councillor, James Campbell who was unimpressed with the standard of the work.

Louise Smith said it is good Highland Council is doing the repairs but wondered if those doing the work are qualified to do it.

"We should ask Highland Council if the people doing the repairs have the required experience because f they don't there will be an issue," she stated.

Meanwhile, former community councillor, Alexander Glasgow, sent an email apologising for not being able to attend the first public meeting since the coronavirus pandemic. A virtual link was arranged for those unable or unwilling to be there in person.

But Mr Glasgow was unhappy with the arrangements and stated: "It is high time Thurso Community Council entered the 21st century. Highland Council broadcasts their meetings online. With £5000 unspent on their bank account, it is time for Thurso Community Council to do so. Any member not on e-mail should be asked how they feel capable of making representations for Thurso."


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