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Tests on horse tram poop-scooper

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Some workers are unsure if the device will work

A tarpaulin addition to the Isle of Man horse trams could save £20,000 a year in clean-up costs, the council says.

A prototype poop-scooper tram was tested on the promenade by Douglas Council workers on Wednesday.

The idea is for the manure to be collected in a specially constructed waste bin fixed behind the horses.

Further trials will be taking place over the next few weeks before the council decides whether to use the device on scheduled services.

Councillor Steven Pitts, of the Leisure Services Committee, said if the device worked it would save the authority an estimated £20,000 on street cleaning on the promenade.

He told the BBC the manure collected could also be used by the authority on its gardens, but admitted the design may need tweaking.

He added: "It would be a benefit to everybody, but looking at it now - it looks like it's too far away from the horse."

Scheduled horse tram services return to Douglas Promenade in May.



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