Have We Ever Got Enough Dog Bins in Houghton Regis?

By Alan D Winter
Heated discussions on social media prompted me to write into local councils to ask how many dog bins were available in the Parish?

Q. Please could you list the places and usual collection days for individual dog bins in Houghton Regis Parish area?

A. Houghton Regis Town Council Dog Bins are emptied on a Friday morning /afternoon and are sited in the following locations:

PARKSIDE RECREATION GROUND       x 11
TITHE FARM RECREATION GROUND x  6
ORCHARD CLOSE RECREATION GROUND x       2
MOORE CRESCENT RECREATION GROUND x      3
WINDSOR DRIVE RECREATION GROUND x       2
VILLAGE GREEN x 7
DOG KENNEL DOWN x       2

Q. When was the last time the Council considered installing more bins, and what was the outcome of that consideration?

A. I am afraid I cannot recall when HRTC last considered the installation of further bins.

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I then asked CBC to list their bins.

Q1. Please could you list the places and usual collection days for individual dog bins supplied by CBC in Houghton Regis Parish area?

A1. Central Bedfordshire Council supply litter and dog bins at the following locations, and say these are collected X times a week.

Bedford Road o/s fish shop Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Bedford Sq o/s Dewhursts Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Bedford Sq o/s Ladbrooks Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Bedford Sq o/s Pet shop Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Bedford Square Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
High St/Bedford Road o/s Morrisons Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Hillborough Cres/ Sundon Road Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Hillborough Cres o/s Hardware shop Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Humphrey Road, Woodside Ind Estate Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Mill Road Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Neptune Sq shops Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Parkside Drive, By bus stop near shops Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Parkside Dr nr junc Parkside Close Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Park Road opp 21 Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Park Rd North in car park to Houghton Hall Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Peal Street - near concrete bollards Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
The Quadrant o/s Dry cleaners Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
The Quadrant opp 2 Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
The Quadrant telephone kiosk Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
School Walk - near alley way Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Sundon Road/ Hillborough Cres Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Sundon Road - By zebra crossing Houghton Litter 1 X A WEEK
Tithe Farm Road/ Angels Lane Houghton Regis Litter 1 X A WEEK
Tithe Farm Road/ Delmont Road Houghton Regis Litter Litter 1 X A WEEK
Tithe Farm Road/ Leaf Road Houghton Regis Litter Litter 1 X A WEEK
Tithe Farm Road/ Hillborough Cres Houghton Regis Litter Litter 1 X A WEEK
Tithe Farm Road / by bus stop Houghton Regis Litter Litter 1 X A WEEK
Windsor Drive x 3 Houghton Regis Litter Litter 3 X A WEEK
Ash Tree Road HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Bedford Road HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Bromley Gdns HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Bidwell Hill pathway HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Camp Drive HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Coopers Way - Rear of no 1 HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Coopers Way HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Chelsea Gardens - edge of field HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Dog Kennel Walk x 2 HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Dolphin Drive HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Houghton Hall Car Park x 2 HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 2 X A WEEK
Lake View - bottom of road HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Leafields, opp Ashtree Road HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Plaiters Way HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
St Michaels Ave, on path to Arnold Way HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Park Road North HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK
Westminster Gdns x 2 HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 2 X A WEEK
Windsor Drive x 4 HOUGHTON REGIS Dog 1 X A WEEK

Q2. When was the last time the Central Bedfordshire Council considered installing more bins, particularly in Houghton Regis, and what was the outcome of that consideration?

A2. Two additional litter bins were installed in Houghton Regis in February 2020. The Environmental Services Officer (ESO) for the area usually considers litter bin/dog bin installations as a result of contact from residents or from monitoring of the area over time. If the ESO agrees an additional bin is needed and it is a suitable location then the installation goes ahead.

Cllr Pat Hamill, UKIP, CBC Councillor for Tithe Farm posted to his Facebook Page on the 19th, “Thank you to the public who have stepped up to report those dog owners so far for not clearing up their dogs mess.We are hoping for prosecutions. Our dog Warden is on the case.

“Houghton Hall Park and the Village Green are hotpots and there will come a time when all dogs must be kept on leads when walking their dogs in public park areas.I've seen it myself whereby owners allow their dogs out of their sight, so how do they clear up their dog mess? They don't because they don't care.I will continue to push for all dogs in recreational areas to be kept on a lead. Blame irresponsible owners and not those trying to make a difference when it happens.”

Footnote.

The newish looking bin in the picture above is just north of the Old Red Lion (what is happening to that building?) in Bedford Road and was photographed in April 2018.

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