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Councillor calls foul on homeowner who asked him to clear human poo from Studd Hill front garden

By Aidan Barlow

A shocked councillor has told how a disgruntled resident demanded he clear human poo from his front garden.

Cllr Peter Vickery-Jones (Con) recalled the strange encounter, as town councillors discussed the persistent problem of dog mess at a meeting.

Revealing some of the unrealistic expectations people have from their local representatives, he said: “I got a call from a resident in Studd Hill asking me when I was going to come round to pick up the poo.

Cllr Peter Vickery-Jones reported the family's plight. Picture: Barry Goodwin

“I answered ‘why should I be doing that?’ He replied ‘well, you are my local councillor’. I told him I was a councillor, but not for his area.

“Then I told him that I didn’t see it as the job of any local councillor to personally come round and clear up dog mess.

“He asked me ‘why, don’t you do it?’ So I told him ‘well it’s on your grass, you get dogs mess everywhere’.

“He then said, ‘no, it’s not dogs’ mess, it’s human’. He told me he had stood and watched a man doing it.”

Yobs placed dog mess in a post box instead of a designated dog waste bin

Cllr Vickery-Jones said that while he could understand why the resident did not confront the man, he was nonetheless confused as to why a councillor should do the job.

He added: “It scared me actually, the thought of it becoming one of my duties to clean up after that.

“I was totally taken back and amazed to hear it. It certainly was an extraordinary thing to ask.”

Councillors at the area member panel meeting also discussed what could be done to help in the battle against dog owners failing to pick up after their pets.

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