Residents kick up a stink

Graham Luke at Walkergate in Alnwick and some of the bags of dog poo.

Graham Luke at Walkergate in Alnwick and some of the bags of dog poo.

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AN angry resident who has been trying to get a dog waste bin on his street for three years has hit out at foulers.

Graham Luke, who lives on Walkergate in Alnwick, is appalled at the attitude a minority of dog-owners take when cleaning up after their pets.

Graham Luke at Walkergate in Alnwick and some of the bags of dog poo.

Graham Luke at Walkergate in Alnwick and some of the bags of dog poo.

Mr Luke, who works at Alnwick Castle, told the Gazette that he has strived to get waste bins on Walkergate after being fed up with owners leaving bags of dog mess strewn across the area because they have nowhere to dispose of it.

He said: “I have been trying since 2008, believe it or not.

“I have even got a letter from MP Sir Alan Beith saying that the council is having an internal investigation as to why it has taken so long.

“But the investigation is taking a long time as well, as the letter was sent at the same time as the last election.

“People dump the bags everywhere. I have seen them at the Chantry through the metal railings and if you go over the Lion Bridge into the Pastures, in front of the castle, within 100 yards you will probably find about a dozen bags.

“It is never going to go away.

“It is just so disgusting. I’ve even found them hanging on the railings on the Peth up towards the castle.

“I have spoken to the council about it and they say they are looking in to it.”

A spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council said: “We have no recorded complaints from Mr Luke regarding a request for a dog bin in the Walkergate area. All requests for new dog bins are now dealt with in the first instance by the local town or parish council and are considered, taking into account issues such as the extent of dog fouling in the area and the location of general waste bins, which can also be used for wrapped dog waste.”