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Council seeks new powers to combat dog waste littering

Posted on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 8:47 pm by SH (Editor)

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South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on proposals that would give authorised persons the power to challenge anyone in control of a dog to demonstrate that they have the means to clear up after the animal, even if it hasn’t defecated at that time.

It is also proposed to extend the land types on which people have to clear up after their dogs so that it applies to all land ‘open to the air’ to which the public have access to.

Currently, the council lacks the power to enforce against dog fouling on commons, woodland, farmland or heathland.

The proposals would be implemented using powers under Section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to make a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in relation to dog fouling.

Breach of a PSPO is an offence, which can result in fine of up to £1,000 if convicted, however the council’s proposals recommend issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 (reduced to £75 for prompt payment) instead of prosecution.

In a further effort to reduce the amount of dog waste littering in South Gloucestershire and ensure that dog owners meet their responsibilities, the council is taking part in a national poster campaign.

A council spokesperson explained:

“Incidents of dog fouling usually increase as the darker nights draw in, and studies show that people are less likely to pick up after their dogs when they feel they aren’t being watched.”

“That’s why we are taking part in Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign, which features innovative, eye-catching, glow-in-the-dark posters to help to remind thoughtless dog owners that ‘we’re watching you’. The posters will be placed in known problem areas across South Gloucestershire.”

More: How to respond to the council’s consultation »

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Council consults on phasing out recycling bags

Posted on Saturday 5th January 2019 at 5:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Paul Hughes with green recycling boxes.

South Gloucestershire Council has launched a public consultation on a proposal to stop providing white and green bags for kerbside recycling collections and instead ask residents to use green boxes for all of their recycling materials.

No changes are being proposed on how materials need to be separated and presented for collection, i.e. plastics and cans mixed together and all other items grouped separately in the boxes.

Cabinet member for communities and tourism Cllr Paul Hughes said:

“This change has been proposed for a number of reasons, the main ones being that the current bags are not biodegradable and plastic fragments are released into the environment as the bags deteriorate. They also need to be replaced regularly and are currently sourced from overseas. Removing the bags from the service could save us around £100,000 a year and the boxes also last far longer.”

“We will continue to support those residents who cannot physically manage the boxes, through our assisted collection service, where the crews collect and return the containers to an agreed point.”

A council spokesperson explained further:

“In 2017 we simplified and improved our recycling collections with the introduction of weekly recycling for all household recycling material – plastic, cans, paper, cardboard, textiles, small electrical, glass and food. At the time, residents could continue to use white bags for plastic, green bags for cardboard and boxes for other material, or choose to just use boxes. Extra recycling boxes are provided free of charge.”

“We are now consulting on stopping the future supply of recycling bags. Any bags already in use can continue to be used, but would be replaced by boxes when the bags deteriorate.”

More: How to respond to the consultation »

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Common buzzing again thanks to award-winning project

Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 9:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Paul Hughes with StreetCare staff, volunteers from Bradley Stoke Green Gym & Bradley Stoke in Bloom and children from Wheatfield Primary School.

A South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) community project has won a national award for creating a wildlife haven at The Common East in Bradley Stoke.

The project picked up a Bees’ Needs Award 2018 during a ceremony at Kew Gardens on 13th November, hosted by Defra and Green Flag Award, in recognition of the work done to transform the site into a wildflower meadow to encourage pollinators and make it a pollinator-friendly habitat.

In recent years, the common had been unmanaged and the grassland was overgrown with brambles and scrub, so a project was devised to bring it back into active management whilst enhancing the community space for pollinating insects.

Working with national wildlife charity Buglife’s Urban Buzz project, the council set out to turn the site into a buzzing hotspot.

Last autumn, the scrub was cut back and the land prepared for sowing. Pupils from Wheatfield Primary School, which borders the common, visited the site and spread wildflower seed mix with the chair of the council.

Heavy snow covered the common last winter, but the hot summer produced a blaze of colourful flowers for bees and other insects to enjoy. Ecologists have surveyed the site and recorded a high variety of wildflowers, including an abundance of yellow rattle, which will weaken the grass, enabling more space for wildflowers to grow.

This autumn, volunteers from the town’s Green Gym and Bradley Stoke in Bloom cut the meadow with traditional scythes. The cuttings were stacked and left for a few weeks before the council collected it to be composted.

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Council admits that sorted recyclables were processed as black bin waste

Posted on Thursday 10th May 2018 at 10:09 pm by SH (Editor)

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Recyclable waste that had been carefully sorted by Bradley Stoke residents for South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) regular weekly kerbside recycling collection has ended up in the residual waste (black bin) processing chain, the Journal can reveal.

The news came to light after two readers contacted us to say they had seen their sorted recyclable waste all thrown into the back of a regular ‘black bin’ refuse vehicle during a Saturday morning ‘catch-up’ collection following a missed recycling collection the previous day.

One resident, in Juniper Way, told us:

“Yesterday our recycling was not collected as usual. This morning, however, I have just witnessed our recycling being taken away and I am shocked at what I saw. All the recycling was loaded into a white waste truck. Everything was put in together, nothing was separated. That will now end up at a landfill. All that sorting of recycling for nothing! The council should be ashamed of themselves.”

More generally, social media channels have also regularly been receiving complaints about missed recycling collections across the Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and Filton areas.

In response to a request for a statement about recycling collections being missed on a frequent basis and the specific claims of sorted recyclables being mixed together on this one recent occasion (21st April), the following response was provided to the Journal, attributed to Cllr Heather Goddard, the South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet member responsible for communities:

“We are very sorry for any disruption and are working closely with our contractor, SUEZ to review the collection rounds to make sure that recycling is collected on the scheduled day.”

“Residents are advised to report any missed collections to the council via the website or contact centre. SUEZ will return to collect missed items within two working days.”

More: Council blames contractor and says it was an isolated incident »

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