Early every Thursday morning there's a man at the river end of Station Road wearing a 'hi-viz' jacket pushing a cart and wielding a broom, he's the roadsweeper, a further description might be that he has his head in his hands after surveying the weekly sight that he is confronted with, namely, the mess caused by the foxes where residents have put their rubbish out the night before.

Why do people continue to do this? They must see the mess when they go out in the mornings.

The roadsweeper does a very good job all through the week and this is how he's repaid, if it was caused by drunken yobbo's kicking the bags whilst stumbling home there would be an outcry, could'nt the Council write to the residents of this, and other, areas asking them to take more care? 

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I tend to put my refuse out the previous night (it's on my property, so it's perfectly legal), but I make sure that any food is put in the food recycling bin.  Despite having a multitude of foxes around the area at night, and at the risk of tempting fate, my bags have not been attacked for years.  If there is no food in the bags, then the foxes don't seem to bother with them - they seem to have an extraordinarily acute sense of smell and can open the bag at the point where the food is with almost surgical precision.  I suspect that, if people took more care to recycle their food properly (which, after all, goes to produce electricity as well as compost), the problem might resolve itself.  This should be an additional incentive to recycle.

Hi Trevor

 

You're bang on the money there. We use the food waste recycling box and very, very rarely have an issue with black bags being ripped open.

 

One further tip for the strong stomached - if you have a baby then popping poo down the loo when you change a nappy will have a beneficial effect on bin attacks.


 
Trevor Allan said:

I tend to put my refuse out the previous night (it's on my property, so it's perfectly legal), but I make sure that any food is put in the food recycling bin.  Despite having a multitude of foxes around the area at night, and at the risk of tempting fate, my bags have not been attacked for years.  If there is no food in the bags, then the foxes don't seem to bother with them - they seem to have an extraordinarily acute sense of smell and can open the bag at the point where the food is with almost surgical precision.  I suspect that, if people took more care to recycle their food properly (which, after all, goes to produce electricity as well as compost), the problem might resolve itself.  This should be an additional incentive to recycle.

The only problem with the small food recycling bin (the one that you can use in the kitchen) is that frustrated foxes steal the whole thing (as happened to my neighbour)!

Are you being serious?  You are not supposed to put out the small container!  

Well, I guess they'll have to use the large one now!

Our bins are collected at or before 6am ,so we all put them out the night before,but I do leave my bags in the plastic bins, because I hate my waste being attacked when the foxes have a party at about 4am in the street. Our street cleaners have halos.....so THANK YOU John, Mark and "Little" John....and the others I don't know.. Oh and the foxes stole my big food bin, not just the small one! 

Foxes have now become common creatures in the suburban environment of Hampton. I think this is a pity as they are naturally countryside animals hunting rabbits, pheasants, etc, etc. Whilst this is common throughout suburbia, they come out of Bushey Park  and the surrounding royal parks. There is something we can all do to discourage their behaviour. They make a mess of our streets, damage our gardens, break our fencing and 'crap' on our pavements, let alone our garden paths. There are persons just off Station Road who I know feed the foxes and even let them, ( encourage?), have cubs in their garden. Everyboby who intentionally feeds them (yes they may be your next door neighbour,) need to be told by the likes of this site that they are doing nobody any favours. ALSO, if you have a very young baby, there have been numerous incidents nationally, in the past, well reported in the national press, when babies have been attacked by foxes, even in the house through cat flaps. I do not wish to be alarmist, but facts speak for themselves. Foxes should be in the wild, not in towns.
 
Sarah Burley said:

Our bins are collected at or before 6am ,so we all put them out the night before,but I do leave my bags in the plastic bins, because I hate my waste being attacked when the foxes have a party at about 4am in the street. Our street cleaners have halos.....so THANK YOU John, Mark and "Little" John....and the others I don't know.. Oh and the foxes stole my big food bin, not just the small one! 

Foxes? how bout the Feral Kids i've seen around Hampton Green?

I hate this.  It drives me crazy.  Any organic waste should be in a bin not a bag.  If you're putting food, open containers that contained food or nappies into a bag and then dumping that on the street then, as far as I’m concerned, it's the equivalent of littering and people, when caught, should be prosecuted.

The bottom line is that it's a health hazard, not only because of the foxes spreading the rubbish all over the street and then defecating in that area, but because of the other vermin it also attracts that aren’t so easy to spot.  You can guarantee that where there's foxes having a feast, cockroaches, mice and rats will be dining on what's left over and then setting up home close by.  Hopefully in the homes and gardens of the people who feed them.

Strange how this is now such a problem.  When I live in Feltham 50 years ago, my parents used to put out food waste for the pig farmer at the end of the road to collect.  The pig farm eventually closed and any food waste then went into the bin.  This went on for years and even two years ago, when my father was 90, he was still putting waste food in the bin and not recycling it (mind you, there wasn't much to recycle, being on his own).  He never had a problem with foxes, presumably as the waste was in a bin.  Does Richmond still empty general waste bins or does it only accept bags?  If the latter, then perhaps they should consider issuing everyone with a bin.

I believe our instructions are for bags to be placed on the pavement by 6am. I put them in bins, with lids and they empty them, though everyone else puts the bags in piles. 

Almost a year later and urban foxes are in the national press again because of a near fatal attack.

Yesterday,another baby (in Bromley) has been brutally savaged in her own home by an urban fox.

As Boris Johnson said yesterday, they are "a pest and a menace" whilst "they may appear cuddly and romantic".

There are so many young mums with young babies in Hampton who must be terrified of leaving the cat flap or door open because of the fatal injuries these foxes can inflict.

I entered this discussion last year. What has the council done to deter these dangerous wild animals from our streets in Hampton since. Nothing? or have they? Before a tragedy like this occurs on our doorstep, isn't it time for our councillors to lead the way and take some meaningful action?. Could we not have a mail shot asking residents not to intentionally feed them in their back gardens? Just by putting any food waste securely bagged up or in the green council food waste bin would help deter the foxes. In one case that I know, a woman allows the fox to rear its breed of young in her garden shed. Could we have a by-law making it illegal to intentionally feed the foxes. It was done in Trafalgar Square to stop the pigeons in slightly different circumstances!!!

Any ideas, as I am fed up with treading in fox 'pooh' on the pavements!!! 

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