No messing for dog foul project
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