Pensioner thinks council's dog poo calendar stinks

MAY: Images of dog poo on Richmondshire District Council's calendar has not been welcomed by some residents

MAY: Images of dog poo on Richmondshire District Council's calendar has not been welcomed by some residents

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IMAGES of dog poo on a council calendar have left a pensioner crying foul.

While Easter bunnies and pink hearts illustrate earlier months in the two-year calendar given away by Richmondshire District Council, householders who turn to May will find a pile of dog excrement.

More mess can be found in later months, with a giant turd featuring in June 2015 and a smaller pile appearing in November next year.

The images were highlighted by 78-year-old Richmond resident Anne Simpson.

She said: “This year all households in Richmondshire received a calendar informing them of the dates for kerbside collection of the various bags and bins, plus tips for recycling in general.

“A colourful picture illustrates each month - January is a Christmas tree, February there are pink hearts, March an old sofa, April has cute bunnies and Easter eggs.

“So far so good, so I thought I would have a peek at May's offering - I was greeted by a large dog turd.”

Rather than be left with no choice but to look at the images, Miss Simpson decided to get creative.

“Do I have to stare at this dog turd for a whole month, I thought.

“Then I had a brilliant idea. I have not yet recycled my Easter cards, so I cut out some flowers and stuck them on the large twirly object so it looked like an Easter bonnet.”

She has suggested households come up with their own methods of disguising the dog mess, with another alternative being to use a picture of a wafer cone to turn the poo into chocolate ice creams.

The calendars have already proved controversial after it emerged they cost the council £18,000 to produce at a time when it was introducing charges for garden waste collections.

Colin Dales, the council's corporate director responsible for recycling, said it was not the authority's intention to cause offence and he apologised if this had happened.

He added: “The key aim of the calendar was to advise our residents on collection dates in a helpful and cost effective way whilst getting out some key street scene and recycling messages.

“Like many other areas, we do have a number of anti-social residents who allow their dogs to foul in public areas and we needed to send a clear message that this behaviour is unacceptable.”

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11:47am Wed 30 Apr 14

juliusceasar says...

Richmondshire council says it cost us council tax payers £18000 to produce these calenders but thats not including the cost of delivering them by hand by council staff , and how many have ended up unused or in the recycling bags.
Richmond Councillors apparently were not even consulted about them before they were ordered and printed so some council employee spent £18000 of council tax payers without consultation and produced a "work of art" to be proud of . But then this is the same council who let a council staff member "persuade " councillors that they had to increase council tax by the maximum allowed 1.9% instead of accepting the governments 1% grant and trim their wasteful budgets .Other councils in our area froze council tax but not Richmondshire seems theirs not just sheep in the dales !
Richmondshire council says it cost us council tax payers £18000 to produce these calenders but thats not including the cost of delivering them by hand by council staff , and how many have ended up unused or in the recycling bags. Richmond Councillors apparently were not even consulted about them before they were ordered and printed so some council employee spent £18000 of council tax payers without consultation and produced a "work of art" to be proud of . But then this is the same council who let a council staff member "persuade " councillors that they had to increase council tax by the maximum allowed 1.9% instead of accepting the governments 1% grant and trim their wasteful budgets .Other councils in our area froze council tax but not Richmondshire seems theirs not just sheep in the dales ! juliusceasar
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11:50am Wed 30 Apr 14

359282 says...

The council would do better to focus their attention on Richmond School rather than this waste of resources
The council would do better to focus their attention on Richmond School rather than this waste of resources 359282
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7:33pm Wed 30 Apr 14

melsonby says...

Previous comments are absolutely spot on. As for the actual illustrations on the calendar I really do believe that this is one of those "get a life" moments! I think the 2014/2015 calendar is actually very useful and should avoid the need for separate leaflet drops until well into 2016.
Previous comments are absolutely spot on. As for the actual illustrations on the calendar I really do believe that this is one of those "get a life" moments! I think the 2014/2015 calendar is actually very useful and should avoid the need for separate leaflet drops until well into 2016. melsonby
  • Score: 3

5:45pm Thu 1 May 14

RuBeee says...

This is a shadow picture of a child playing on a swing!!!!! NOT dogpoo! You can see the ropes of the swing the poor old ladies just a bit blind.
This is a shadow picture of a child playing on a swing!!!!! NOT dogpoo! You can see the ropes of the swing the poor old ladies just a bit blind. RuBeee
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5:46pm Thu 1 May 14

RuBeee says...

melsonby wrote:
Previous comments are absolutely spot on. As for the actual illustrations on the calendar I really do believe that this is one of those "get a life" moments! I think the 2014/2015 calendar is actually very useful and should avoid the need for separate leaflet drops until well into 2016.
Melsonby It's a child on a swing. the old woman must just be a little bit short sighted! ... What a non story eh!
[quote][p][bold]melsonby[/bold] wrote: Previous comments are absolutely spot on. As for the actual illustrations on the calendar I really do believe that this is one of those "get a life" moments! I think the 2014/2015 calendar is actually very useful and should avoid the need for separate leaflet drops until well into 2016.[/p][/quote]Melsonby It's a child on a swing. the old woman must just be a little bit short sighted! ... What a non story eh! RuBeee
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11:50am Fri 2 May 14

juliusceasar says...

RuBeee wrote:
This is a shadow picture of a child playing on a swing!!!!! NOT dogpoo! You can see the ropes of the swing the poor old ladies just a bit blind.
YES it is DOG POO ! The message is clean up after your dog ! Have a closer look and you will see near the ladies finger a pile of dog poo covered over by the ladies extra sticker , if your a richmondshire resident have a look at your own calender and check the pile of poo yourself or nip down to specsavers
[quote][p][bold]RuBeee[/bold] wrote: This is a shadow picture of a child playing on a swing!!!!! NOT dogpoo! You can see the ropes of the swing the poor old ladies just a bit blind.[/p][/quote]YES it is DOG POO ! The message is clean up after your dog ! Have a closer look and you will see near the ladies finger a pile of dog poo covered over by the ladies extra sticker , if your a richmondshire resident have a look at your own calender and check the pile of poo yourself or nip down to specsavers juliusceasar
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