Thursday 20 Mar 2003


Network Rail has teamed up with to Teignbridge District Council to provide additional ‘Doggy Bins’ in the town.  These are being placed on a footpath alongside the railway line between Teignmouth station and the local Job Centre at Clay Lane. Network Rail’s Area Performance Manager, Daryl Milford, who initially contacted the local council with the proposal, said:   “There has, for some time, been a problem with bags of dog mess being thrown onto the line from the footpath.  This poses a possible health and safety risk to rail employees working on the track and also contributes to unsightly lineside litter. “I am pleased that we have been able to work with the local community in this way to promote a cleaner environment in Teignmouth”. Network Rail is to fund the £600 costs for the installation of the bins and, as part of the partnership, the council will arrange for the bins to be emptied twice a day.

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