project to stamp out dog fouling in Burnham is thrown out
councillors have this week formally thrown out 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 on Monday, town councillors unanimously voted not to
proceed with the scheme. It follows a recommendation from the
council's Policy and Finance Committee in June not to proceed,
a project run in conjunction with the Ordnance Survey, had put
forward proposals for Burnham 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 Ken Smout said: "It would be a huge price to bear. The
proposal was such a weighty document that you need a canine degree
to understand it. I'd hoped they'd put forward a more practical,
Cllr Tom Nicholls added: "It's difficult to quantify the
benefit that we would gain."
voted to take no further part in the project. Burnham would have
become one of just four locations across the UK using the scheme.
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.