£4,000 roadkill spending defended
Published 10/08/2010 | 15:32
A council has defended spending more than £4,000 over three months to dispose of roadkill and other dead animals.
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council said it paid a pet crematorium to collect creatures found dead around the largely rural district.
Councillor Brian Long said the cost was necessary to avoid "unsavoury" sights that posed a possible health risk.
"We collect roadkill the size of badgers and above," he said.
"Also, we've got a long coastline and seals and porpoises sometimes get washed up.
"Rather than just leaving them there, we have them collected because they can cause a health risk.
"There's also the unsavoury nature of having dead creatures lying around all over the place."
Roadkill collected over the three-month period included deer and badgers, Mr Long said.
The council said it spent £1,240 in April, £1,510 in May and £1,425 in June on dealing with the issue.