‘They’ve poopooed this poo problem’ – Letchworth school caretaker calls for constantly overflowing waste bin to be moved from gate

The bin outside Lordship Farm School in Letchworth on May 31. Picture: Andy Ellmers

The bin outside Lordship Farm School in Letchworth on May 31. Picture: Andy Ellmers - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth caretaker has taken his district council to task over a bin that constantly overflows with bags of dog poo right outside his school gate.

The bin outside Lordship Farm School in Letchworth on June 1. Picture: Andy Ellmers

The bin outside Lordship Farm School in Letchworth on June 1. Picture: Andy Ellmers - Credit: Archant

Long-serving Lordship Farm Primary School caretaker Andy Ellmers says the bin, yards from the entrance in Fouracres, is full so often that bags of dog poo are regularly left on top of it.

But despite the fact that he flagged up a particularly unhygienic overfill to North Herts District Council on its Facebook site two days ago, the bin is yet to be emptied.

Andy demanded the district council relocate the bin permanently during Tuesday’s online exchange – but he has been asked to resubmit that request formally.

Andy said: “I’m fed up with the dog poo being left on top of the bin. It’s right outside our school gate, and it’s just overflowing all the time – every morning I come out and watch someone put a bag of poo on top.


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“I was tempted to shout at them that they should take their poo home with them.

“I want the bin gone, but – pardon the expression – the council have poopooed it. It’s just going in circles with them.

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“They should just put it 400 yards up the road, so it wouldn’t be such an issue for the school.”

Asked if he thought the problem was linked to the district council’s decision in March to remove some of its dedicated dog poo bins across North Herts, Andy said the bin had been regularly overflowing for much longer than that.

The district council told the Comet this morning that waste contractors Veolia had been asked to empty the bin as soon as possible, and should be doing so tomorrow.

A spokesman added: “There has been no discussion about relocating the bin. If he wishes to discuss this, we would be happy to talk about it, but he would need to make a formal request by contacting us in the first instance through our customer service centre.”

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