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Plagued by dog mess - Orchard Estate residents call for action from Redbridge Council

17:45 20 February 2013

Part of the Orchard Estate in Woodford Green

Part of the Orchard Estate in Woodford Green

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“Clean up the dog poo around our estate” –that’s the message from residents in an 11-storey Woodford Green tower block to Redbridge Council.

Power failure

A water pipe being installed as part of a multi-million pound upgrade of the estate’s heating system leaked last Wednesday, blowing a fuse and leaving Blenheim Court without power between 7am and 11pm.

Residents were provided with food, torches and blankets along with a hot meal in the evening, according to a council spokesman.

She said: “Investigations are underway to find the exact cause of the component failure.”

It will not set back the heating system improvement works in the block, she added.

The council tenants are angry at the amount of mess being left by dogs in communal pathways around the Orchard Estate in Broadmead Road and even in a small children’s play park.

The call for action comes from residents in Blenheim Court, which was also left without power for most of Wednesday of last week following flooding from a water pipe (see box).

A woman in her 40s, who did not want to be named because she is concerned about the response of dog owners on the estate, said: “It [dog mess] is everywhere – when you go to the shops, going to bus stops, going down in the park. There’s a small park in the estate and it’s in the park itself.

“The people who have dogs, they go out of the house, they let the dogs mess everywhere and then go back up in the house.”

The problem has got so bad that other residents often inadvertently drag the mess into the lifts and corridors of the estate’s tower blocks on their shoes, she said.

A 36-year-old resident, who also did not want to be named, said: “I can’t come in wearing my shoes because I’m concerned I’ll bring the mess in with me. I end up bringing it into the house.

“It’s all over the place. The dog owners aren’t being responsible – that’s number one.

“But the council is not bothered at all.”

But a Redbridge Council spokesman said: “Our caretakers will clean any dog mess they find on the estate.

“If any dog is seen fouling and the owner does not clean the mess we encourage residents to call our enforcement number on 020 8554 5000 or online at www.redbridge.gov.uk/report/dog-fouling.

“There is currently only one dog mess bin on the estate, however as long as the mess is bagged and collected properly, it can be disposed of in the litter bins throughout the estate and our caretakers will empty them.”

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