Dog cam­paign gath­ers pace at Mac­cles­field For­est

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A TEAM hop­ing to re-ed­u­cate dog own­ers and pre­vent their pets from be­com­ing a nui­sance have ex­tended their cam­paign to Mac­cles­field For­est.

The Three Vil­lages Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group and Parish Plan Steer­ing Group have been work­ing hard to tackle dog foul­ing in the area, which they say has be­come a ma­jor prob­lem.

With the help of pupils from Hollinhey Pri­mary School, they have posted 60 warn­ing posters across Sut­ton, Langley and Lyme Green.

The group has now in­stalled posters at Mac­cles­field For­est and near to the reser­voir.

A spe­cial ‘doggy event day’ will also be held at the for­est, on Satur­day, July 11.

From 10.30am un­til 2.30pm vol­un­teers will be at the pic­nic area of Trenta­bank Ranger Sta­tion. Ranger Martin Win­der will be ex­plain­ing the wildlife that you can see and hear and will also ex­plain what species of ground nest­ing birds live in the for­est.

Spe­cial guests are mem­bers of Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team and some of their Search and Res­cue Dogs As­so­ci­a­tion han­dlers and their dogs. Nick Smith, a SARDA graded han­dler, will be there with his dog Woody, and Andy Keen, a trainee han­dler and his dog Jake.

Kevin Hoines, who is lead­ing the pro­ject, said: “The ma­jor­ity of dog walk­ers are re­spon­si­ble peo­ple and pick up af­ter their dog, we want the help of all walk­ers to re­port the per­sons who per­sis­tently let the ma­jor­ity down. We will pro­vide a leaflet with a tele­phone num­ber for the dog war­dens who are able to take ac­tion, let’s hit these peo­ple hard in their pock­ets; it may en­cour­age them to do the right thing”.

The pro­ject has ben­e­fited from a grant of £340 from The Po­lice Crime Com­mis­sioner John Dwyer, which has funded the posters and clean up cam­paign.

John Dwyer said: “Re-ed­u­ca­tion is key when it comes to tack­ling anti-so­cial be­hav­iours such as this one.

“By get­ting the mes­sage in­stilled into young­sters that it’s im­por­tant to not com­mit anti-so­cial acts, they can ad­vise their peers and fam­i­lies to do the same.”

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.sut­ton­parish. org. To help with our pro­ject email dog­foul­ing@ sut­ton­parish.org.

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