high-tech plan to combat dog fouling in Burnham is rejected
councillors have this week turned down plans for a £14,000
project that would have seen Burnham-On-Sea become one of the
first towns in the UK to tackle dog fouling with a high-tech scheme.
a meeting of the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee last
night (Monday), councillors voted to recommend that the project
first reported here
earlier this month, GeoVation, a project run in conjunction
with the Ordnance Survey, put forward proposals that would have
seen the introduction of a smartphone app informing dog owners
where waste bins are sited in the town and also introduce an anaerobic
digestion system to turn dog waste into renewable energy.
Cllr Dennis Davey told Monday's meeting: "I don't see there
is enough value for tax payers with these proposals. I would support
it if we could pass on the costs to Sedgemoor District Council."
Cllr Ken Smout said: "It would be a mammoth price to pay.
I'm disappointed with the proposals put forward. I'd hoped they
would be more practical and affordable."
Cllr Helen Groves added: "I find it hard to find sufficient
benefit to justifty such a huge spend."
Clerk Denise Emery said: "We don't have £14,000 in
our budget to spend on a project like this - it would have to
come from the council's reserves."
voted in favour of recommending that the Town Council takes no
further part in the project. A final decision will be taken in
would have become one of just four locations across the UK using
the scheme if it were to have gone ahead, joining Aberdeen, Suffolk
and Kingston upon Thames.
this year, the Town Council's plans to lift a dog ban on part
of Burnham's beach during the summer months was scrapped after
public opposition, as we reported here.