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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 November 2007, 14:53 GMT
Nappy plan for Blackpool horses
Donkey and Blackpool Tower
Horse manure bins have already been installed in Blackpool
Blackpool's famous horse carriages which ride along the promenade could soon be fitted with "dung-catchers".

The resort's council is to decide whether to fit the horse nappies on the 44 landaus - the carriages pulled by horses.

A consultation found that visitors, residents and businesses said the manure detracted from the attractiveness of the seafront.

If approved, the dung-catchers will be used from Easter onwards.

They will be given to the landau owners free of charge.

Manure bins

Councillor Ian Fowler, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: "Whenever we ask people what's important to them its cleanliness that always appears high on their list.

"We have been working closely with the Landau owners to modify the device and have been consulting with an equine expert and the RSPCA to ensure that the horses' welfare is not compromised in any way."

Ten lockable bins have been put on the promenade to enable landau owners to empty the horse droppings.

The dung-catchers will be considered by the Licensing Committee on 22 November.

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