'Dog poo guru' reviews removal of dog waste and litter bins
CONTROVERSIAL cuts to Torbay's dog waste and litter bins are to be reviewed by a 'dog poo guru'.
The decision follows howls of protest after the council removed 160 bins as a result of a £500,000 cut to joint venture company Tor2's workload.
The reduction also reduces opening hours at some public toilets across Torbay.
Cllr Derek Mills, lead for business planning and governance, is leading the review set to take place in the autumn.
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The news came as members met for a full council meeting on Thursday.
Members questions were dominated about why ward members were not consulted.
Cllr Darren Cowell called for an immediate review.
He said: "Now we have a poo guru in Derek Mills. That dialogue should not be started in the autumn. It needs to start now."
Cllr Ray Hill, executive lead for highways, transport and environment, said the number of bins would remain the same.
He said: "We are sticking to 160 removals. It's as simple as that."
He said there should have been consultation ahead of the changes.
He said: "Not all ward councillors were consulted. Should they have been, yes they should, that will not happen again."
Mayor Gordon Oliver said the bins had to be managed efficiently. But he vowed not to cut public toilets.
Hew said: "Toilet closures and opening time reductions are not going to happen and if it has happened it will be revoked."
Councillors are now leading a review on where the bin cuts will fall. The council says about 160 from approximately 900 will go, still leaving 740 bins available across the Bay.
Councillors have been asked to talk to the residents in their wards about the number and position of bins and to come up with alternative suggestions.
The councillors will be talking to residents during August with a review meeting to take place in early September.
The following bins are to be replaced immediately: Moor Lane ,Watcombe, Cherrybrook Shopping Square, Ramshill Area, Stantaway Hill, Stanley Gardens, Collaton Area, Brunel Road, Ferrers Green and Cliff Road Livermead.
Cllr Mills said after the meeting: "There are some cases where there are two bins together and in other spots no provision so we want to take a common sense approach to this."