Ef­forts stepped up over dog mess

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

VOL­UN­TEERS stepped up their ef­forts to com­bat dog foul­ing in the parish.

Mem­bers of the Parish Plan Steer­ing Group have been work­ing with the Three Vil­lages Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group, a com­mu­nity in­ter­est com­pany which in­cor­po­rates res­i­dents from Sut­ton, Lyme Green and Langley, to run a cam­paign against dog mess and nui­sance and help tidy up lit­tered ar­eas in the com­mu­nity.

This has in­cluded new warn­ings for dog walk­ers, a poster cam­paign with chil­dren from Hollinhey Pri­mary School and pa­trols by vol­un­teers and the coun­cil dog war­den.

The vol­un­teers stepped up their cam­paign by tar­get­ing three dog foul­ing hotspots.

These were the tow­path left and right from Gaw End Lane, the park on Cop Meadow and the park on Robin Lane.

Vol­un­teers also cov­ered the roads near these lo­ca­tions used by dog walk­ers.

They spoke to walk­ers to pro­mote aware­ness of the com­mu­nity pro­ject and to en­cour­age them to re­port of­fend­ers who do not pick up af­ter their dog to Cheshire East dog war­dens.

Tim Beck­ett, lead en­vi­ron­men­tal war­den from the coun­cil, was present as well as a PCSO. One vol­un­teer lit­ter picked lit­ter in the ar­eas and where dog mess was found it was sprayed it with coloured paint.

Kevin Hoines, a mem­ber of the steer­ing group, said: “It’s ev­i­dent that our pre­vi­ous clean up of the tow­path at Gaw End lane and the plac­ing of a lit­ter and dog waste bin by Ansa En­vi­ron­men­tal has made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence.

“How­ever, there are a few peo­ple who are still not pick­ing up af­ter their dog. These peo­ple are risk­ing the health of other dogs and par­tic­u­larly young chil­dren as their im­mune sys­tems are not fully de­vel­oped.

“Chil­dren are more likely to come into con­tact with soil that con­tains dog fae­ces whilst play­ing.

“All dog mess con­tains bac­te­ria that can cause stom­ach up­sets, but the great risk is from Tox­o­cari­a­sis.”

Dog walk­ers who are caught not pick­ing up af­ter their pets can be is­sued with fines.

Kevin said: “No per­sons were pros­e­cuted dur­ing our pa­trols, but the en­vi­ron­men­tal war­dens will step up pa­trols in our parish and these of­fend­ers will be iden­ti­fied and pros­e­cuted.”

Con­tact the team by email­ing dog­foul­ing@ sut­ton­parish.org.

●● Vol­un­teers in Sut­ton tar­geted dog foul­ing hotspots as part of their cam­paign

●● Pat McMil­lan with Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley

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