Installing Larger Dog Waste Bins In Green Spaces

Posted by admin on October 16, 2022
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Since everyone was stuck at home in 2020, the number of dogs in UK homes has soared. Some households had one or more pets already and added more furry friends, while others were first time canine carers.

While most people have a rough idea of what dogs need, and what they’ll need to provide, few first timers know in detail what they’re taking on.

First and foremost, the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and do their best to do the right thing by their pet, as well as respect their local community. One of the most noticeable things, though, is the huge increase in dog mess on pavements, footpaths and green spaces since the world opened up again.

Here at CFC, we’ve been working with local authorities to install more dog waste bins in more locations. There’s a particular focus on areas currently without bins that are prone to dog mess being left by irresponsible owners, and those areas where existing bins are full.

Let’s be clear, it doesn’t matter whether there are bins provided or not, dog owners still have a responsibility to clear up after their pets. Fines for dog fouling are dealt with via fixed penalty, usually £100 when caught on the spot. If owners need to be traced, for example via CCTV, courts can impose penalties of up to £1,000 per incident.

When challenged, owners often claim they didn’t realise that their pet had pooped at all, or they had forgotten to bring a bag so can’t clear it up. Fortunately for enforcement officers, neither of these excuses are considered valid according to Keep Britain Tidy, and will almost certainly result in an on the spot fixed penalty notice being issued.

The same goes for people complaining that it’s not their fault because the nearest poo bin is full. You have a clear and unambiguous responsibility to bag and dispose of the dog mess correctly – just because a bin is full doesn’t mean it’s not your job to sort it out. In fact, there’s not requirement for bins to be provided at all, in which case you must take it home.

If you’re reluctant to put bags of dog poop into your general waste bin, it’s easy to install a dog poo bin in your garden. That means you’ll just need to move the liner from the garden bin into the general waste bin when it’s time to put the wheelie bin out for collection – probably once a fortnight. We don’t do residential installations, but there’s a guide to garden dog poo bins here on

If you find yourself tempted to leave a pile of dog mess in the park, remember that children will be playing in that space sooner or later, and there are serious health risks posed by dog waste.

At the very least, if ingested it can cause nasty stomach upsets, but in some cases can even lead to irreversible blindness. Most risks are caused by the roundworm that are likely to be present in your pet’s dollops, so please do the right thing – bag it up and use a dog poop bin if one is provided, and if not, take it home with you.

Don’t be tempted to throw it into someone else’s bin if it’s collection day – that’s classed as fly tipping and carries even larger fines!

Victory for Lichfield Security Company CCTV As Pressure Washer Thieves Are Caught

Posted by admin on March 25, 2016
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Back in July last year, we told you about the security company ATRCCTV and their services in Lichfield CCTV installation. They were offering security audits across Staffordshire, in a drive to increase the security of homes and businesses in the region.

We were pleased to hear about a massive victory for the company this week, after the footage that was collected by one of their closed circuit television installations caught criminals in the act stealing commercial petrol pressure washer equipment near the M42/A42 junction. The area, north of Tamworth has been plagued with thefts over recent years, and business owners are hopeful that this win for the crime fighters might have a dramatic effect on the crime rate from now on.

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Home Security Experts Giving Free Quotes To Homeowners In Staffordshire

Posted by admin on July 29, 2015
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You might have seen that the local police forces run campaigns from time to time to alert home owners to criminal activity in their area. For example, there might be a crime wave involving the theft of car stereo equipment causing a lot of call outs, so the local force will be keen to encourage you to secure your vehicle when unattended and avoid leaving valuables on display, so thieves will not know if there is anything to steal.

The motivation for the police is two fold, firstly, their job is to protect the public from crime, and secondly, to a lesser extent, they are trying to reduce their own workload at a time of budget cuts when their resources are already stretched.

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The Solar Revolution Is Keeping Tradesmen Busy

Posted by admin on May 25, 2015
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Solar panels have long been credited with being the future of electricity supplies in the UK, with our reliance on fossil fuels finally being limited as a result of the imminent point of no return where the pollution they cause creating a terminal problem for the planet and their supply finally looking to being extinguished. Twenty years or so ago, many didn’t believe the USA would even back down on its ‘gas guzzler’ culture, but in some ways, they’re embracing reforms in their lifestyles ahead of those of us that doubted them in the first place.

Back on home soil, we’ve now had at least half a decade of acceleration in the solar market, driven by a number of perhaps unexpected factors. First of all, European targets have been imposed that mean huge fines if we don’t start to tap into renewable energy. Successive governments made up first of Labour MPs, then their Tory and Lib-Dem coalition counterparts and now the first standalone Conservative government in a generation are keen to create incentives to encourage us to meet those goals.

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Solving A Water Leak Disaster

Posted by admin on July 06, 2014
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If you’ve ever sprung a leak, you’ll know how it creates panic, followed by desperation to find professional help, while dreading finding out how much the repair work is going to cost.

There’s nothing quite like water escaping to cause damage either, especially if it’s been flowing for a while before you notice. If you’re really unlucky, the worst will happen when you’re not at home, and you might find yourself getting home to a river flowing out of your home.

That was exactly what happened to me when I got back from Kos last year, and luckily a neighbour was already on the case and had called out a friend of the family who happened to be a plumber. That was a small silver lining to the dark cloud, as I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start. Probably the best I’d have thought of would be grabbing the Yellow Pages, but I can’t remember seeing one for years.

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