No mess­ing for dog foul project

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A COM­MU­NITY is tak­ing a stand against dog foul­ing with fines for of­fend­ers and a hitlist of ac­tions as part of a cam­paign.

Res­i­dents from Sut­ton, Lan­g­ley and Lyme Green are fed up with dog mess be­ing dumped around the parish. One prob­lem area is Gaw End Lane at its junc­tion with Macclesfield Canal, where more than 100 filled dog waste bags were dis­carded on the path and in the hedgerow.

Mem­bers of the Parish Plan Steer­ing Group are run­ning a project to iden­tify hotspots and fine per­sis­tent of­fend­ers. The project will also fo­cus on urg­ing dog own­ers to keep their pets un­der con­trol when out walk­ing.

Chil­dren at Hollinhey Pri­mary School helped launch the cam­paign when they took up the chal­lenge of designing art­work to ap­pear on signs to warn dog own­ers to tidy up af­ter their pets. Tim Beck­ett, an en­vi­ron­men­tal war­den from Cheshire East coun­cil, spoke to the chil­dren about dog foul­ing, stray dogs and mi­cro chip­ping.

Kevin Hoines, from the Parish Plan Steer­ing Group, said: “Signs cre­ated by the Hollinhey pupils will en­cour­age dog walk­ers to clean up af­ter their dogs.

“Dog foul­ing is a great haz­ard and can pose a sig­nif­i­cant health risk to hu­mans. Chil­dren are more likely to come into con­tact with soil or sand that con­tains dog fae­ces whilst play­ing in parks, gar­dens and play­grounds.”

The Parish Plan Steer­ing Group works on projects set out in the parish plan which was pub­lished in 2012. In 2014 the Three Vil­lages Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group was launched, a com­mu­nity in­ter­est com­pany which can ap­ply for grants and in­sur­ance for the projects.

The two groups won fund­ing from Cheshire’s Po­lice Crime Com­mis­sioner to cover the costs of the dog foul­ing project.

Ac­tions in­clude putting signs at dog foul­ing hotspots, hand­ing out leaflets and clean-up days.

Kevin said: “We need your help to help put our plans into ac­tion. We will be or­gan­is­ing work­ing groups through spring and sum­mer and we’d like to hear from you if you can help.”

Email the team on dog­foul­ing@ sut­ton­parish.org to help out and call the dog war­den 0300 123 5021 to re­port of­fend­ers.

●● John Shar­rock, vol­un­teer and Sally Ham­mill, sec­re­tary and com­mit­tee mem­ber of Sut­ton parish plan steer­ing group were among the vol­un­teers for the clean up

●● Janet Mott, Head­teacher at Hollinhey Pri­mary School,with Tim Beck­ett, Lead En­vi­ron­men­tal War­den, Joe from year five and Nell frpm year three

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