Dog waste being thrown in to River South Esk

Culvert on River Street
Culvert on River Street

A resident in Brechin’s River Street has spoken out about issues blighting the area - including dog mess being thrown into the river.

The gentleman, who has asked not to be named, also flagged up issues with a culvert releasing raw sewage into the river South Esk.

Discussing the dog fouling issue, the resident has said that owners are going to the effort of bagging up the dog mess, but rather than use the dog waste bin provided, they opted to throw it in to the river.

He said: “They throw the bags into the river. Someone actually left one hanging on the railings.

“It happens quite regularly, and it’s the whole length of the street.

“We went for a walk one day and I counted six different piles of dog mess on the street.

“There is a walk alongside the river once your cross the bridge on the left. We went a walk there once with our grandchildren and we were having to continually tell them to watch their feet. I know its off the main road but it is still a footpath. They should really pick it up.

“There is a dog fouling waste bin on the street, just a couple of hundred yards from where people are throwing it into the river. They would be better leaving it.”

“It annoys me that they do that.”

It’s not just dog fouling that is causing problems on the street.

He explained: “There is a culvert across from us just now and you should see the mess and stuff that comes out of it.”

“It actually smells at times, which annoys me. They do take samples of the water, but really it is disgusting just now. The dirty water that was coming down one day last week was terrible, and there is a bit of a smell.

“They were working on the drains and putting in an unreturn valve and the guy said there was actually raw sewage coming down the culvert. You can actually see it coming down the culvert.”

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “We have Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in this area which are designed to protect streets and properties from sewer flooding. These provide a relief point for combined sewer networks when they are overloaded, particularly because of very heavy rain. The number of times they can overflow is monitored by SEPA. We are always looking to minimise overflows from CSOs and work to protect and enhance the environment, which is a top priority for Scottish Water. If a CSO discharges, and clean-up work is needed, we will always carry this out as quickly as possible.”