Sunday 11 December 2016

£4,000 roadkill spending defended

Published 10/08/2010 | 15:32

A council has spent more than 4,000 pounds over three months to dispose of roadkill, including badgers
A council has spent more than 4,000 pounds over three months to dispose of roadkill, including badgers

A council has defended spending more than £4,000 over three months to dispose of roadkill and other dead animals.

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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.

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