Businesses urged to help tackle dog poo

Dog warden, Lee Richardson – with Ziggy, and Recycling officer, Sally Dixon, beside the dispenser at the Fosse car park in Richmond

Dog warden, Lee Richardson – with Ziggy, and Recycling officer, Sally Dixon, beside the
dispenser at the Fosse car park in Richmond

More dog poo bag dispensers are going to be installed. In a press release, Richmondshire District Council says a pilot scheme to issue the dog waste bag has been successful enough to be expanded.

And they call on local business leaders to get involved and help fund the project. The council says:

An innovative scheme to encourage dog owners to pick up after their pets is to be extended across Richmondshire following a successful pilot project.

Free dog waste bags will be available to dog walkers at waste bag dispensers throughout the district.

Council Spokesperson, Tony Duff, explains “We trialled these dispensers and found them to be very successful in encouraging dog walkers to pick up after their pets and keep our streets, paths and parks clear of dog mess. The poo bags are free from the dispensers, which offer advertising space for local businesses. The only cost to the Council will be the initial siting of the dispensers.

Businesses are being encouraged to support the scheme by buying advertising space from TiksPac – the company providing the dispensers and the free dog poo bags.

We aim to install 10 dispensers to start in key locations and hopefully provide more in response to demand from local businesses”.

For more information please contact TiksPac on 01925 593892 or Sally Dixon at the Councilon 01748 829100.

Easter bin collection changes

There are no changes to bin, bag and box collections running up to the Bank Holiday weekend (week beginning March 21) – with a normal service on Good Friday.

However, Richmondshire District Council warns that there are changes in the following week.

The week beginning March 28 – will see all collections running one day late, including on Friday April 1 when they will take place on Saturday April 2.

There will be collections of both grey and green bins and recycling boxes and bags depending on your location – residents are asked to refer to their bin tag or check on richmondshire.gov.uk

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£20 green bin collection charge stands

The call-in decision on last month’s green bin charge increase failed at the committee this evening. A 40 min meeting discussed the issue as can be seen in the video clip here but ultimately, the independent councillors failed to persuade the Tory administration to refer it back to a committee where the issue could be considered once more.

Three independent councillors had sparked the ‘call-in’ process over the controversial increase. They felt the way the charge had been introduced into the meeting at the last minute, with no prior warning or debate was ‘disingenuous’ and ‘likely to bring the council into disrepute.’

However, tonight’s final debate means the 17% increase voted through at Corporate Board holds and next year’s charge for green waste collections goes up to £20.

‘Disingenuous’ 17% green bin charge increase back on the table

Three councillors have taken the unusual step of forcing the controversial hike in green waste bin collection charges back to the council chamber.

The 17% rise in the money people will have to pay for green bin collections next year is, they say, “disingenuous” and “likely to generate mistrust in the electorate and bring the reputation of the council into disrepute.”

The request for the increase decision to be ‘called in’ has been signed by independent councillors Paul Cullen (Hipswell), Linda Curran (Richmond West) and Helen Grant (Scotton).

Their action follows the unexpected proposal and vote to put the fee up from £17 to £20 which was agreed during Richmondshire District Council’s corporate board earlier this month.

At the time, the leader of the council Yvonne Peacock defended this, and other fee rises, as part of an overall strategy to have a 0% increase in council tax this year as can be seen in the video above.

The new debate on the fee will take place on Tuesday at 5pm and is open to the public. The agenda is here.

Most viewed in August: Council slashes green bin collection price – for newcomers

In a press release this afternoon, the council has announced that it will half the price of the garden waste bin collections which were so unpopular when they were introduced earlier this year.

But it would seem the discount is only available to new subscribers and is being offered because so few people – less than half – took up the original offer. We’ve asked for clarification on that point and will update you with more information when we have it.

The announcement says:

Households in Richmondshire who haven’t yet subscribed to the garden waste collection service can now do so for half price!

Since the subscribed garden waste collection service was introduced in February 2014, 41% of households have subscribed to the scheme.

The price reduction means that the cost for one garden bin collected fortnightly until March 31, 2015 will now be just £8.50 with additional bins available at £6 each.

Garden waste collections will continue to be suspended over the winter from December to February.

To subscribe by phone, online or by post contact the council in the first instance on 01748 828777 who will give you an unique reference number or you can subscribe in person at Mercury House, Richmond or at one of the Community Offices in Colburn, Hawes, Leyburn or Reeth

If you do not wish to subscribe to the service, arrangements will be made to remove your garden bin during December – February, however if you wish to have it removed sooner please call 01748 828777.