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Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

I WOULD like to ap­peal to the ir­re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers who think that signs that say no foul­ing, pick up your dog waste, dogs must be kept on leads, do not ap­ply to them.

What makes you think that it is one rule for one but a to­tally dif­fer­ent rule for you? What makes you spe­cial?

Why do you feel that that it is fine for you to walk your dogs with­out any con­trol over them?

If you are out walk­ing your dogs and you know that they are ag­gres­sive, why oh why do you not have a lead to put on them, so that when they at­tack a dog at least ten times smaller than them, you can put the leads on your dogs and take them away from the sit­u­a­tion.

Shout­ing at them, pulling them off the dog then promptly let­ting them go sev­eral times to re­peat the at­tack does not make a re­spon­si­ble owner.

Even when the owner had to get in be­tween your dogs and pick the dog up pulling the dog close to them, your dogs then con­tin­ued to be ag­gres­sive jump­ing up try­ing to get at the dog in their arms while grab­bing the owner and caus­ing dis­tress.

Yet you did not just grab their col­lars and drag them away un­til well clear of the poor dog. You just shouted at them and let them turn back sev­eral times to try and have an­other go.

If your dogs are so ag­gres­sive why do they not have a muz­zle on them and why did nei­ther of you have a lead to put on them?

Yes you said “Sorry” sev­eral times, but say­ing sorry while do­ing noth­ing pos­i­tive to con­trol your dogs seems to make “sorry” just a use­less word. Thank you for turn­ing what should have been a lovely walk along the canal a stress­ful and up­set­ting walk in­stead.

Please, please will you start be­ing re­spon­si­ble for your dogs mess, their be­hav­iour. And re­alise that signs ask­ing you to keep your dog on a lead means YOU.

The dog war­dens don’t wish to know about peo­ple like you. The po­lice can do noth­ing be­cause we do not know where you live and had no wit­nesses come for­ward! As if we could ask you for your name and ad­dress and take a photo of you?

Mr Rut­ley, is it not time for you and your col­leagues to de­bate about bring­ing back dog li­cences? One ab­so­lutely fed up re­spon­si­ble dog owner MAC­CLES­FIELD and East Cheshire folk were alarmed by last month’s an­nounce­ment that adult men­tal health in­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties at Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal’s Mill­brook Cen­tre could close.

Pa­tients and their friends and rel­a­tives would be ex­pected to travel to Ch­ester – 40 miles away, with no direct trans­port links – or even fur­ther, to the Wir­ral.

Vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple face the prospect of of­ten lengthy hospi­tal stays in strange towns, iso­lated from reg­u­lar con­tact with loved ones.

The Green Party be­lieves that the treat­ment of men­tal health should be on a par with phys­i­cal health, with every­one get­ting the treat­ment they need.

Fig­ures re­leased ear­lier this year show that men­tal health bud­gets are be­ing cut by £4.5m in five ar­eas of Eng­land this year, de­spite the Con­ser­va­tive Party promis­ing to in­crease spend­ing. Three in four peo­ple who need men­tal health sup­port are not get­ting it; be­tween 2013 and 2016 the amount of the health bud­get spent on men­tal health fell from 1.4pc to 0.7pc.

We must put the well­be­ing of peo­ple ahead of the Con­ser­va­tive Party’s de­struc­tion of our pub­lic ser­vices. Treat­ment of men­tal health should be treated with equal se­ri­ous­ness to that of phys­i­cal health so that we can truly sup­port those who are suf­fer­ing – very of­ten alone and in si­lence – with the weight of a men­tal health ill­ness.

Let’s cre­ate a car­ing Bri­tain that looks af­ter peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems. This should start with schools look­ing to build a so­ci­ety where peo­ple look out for each other, of­fer­ing aware­ness and em­pa­thy ed­u­ca­tion to help pre­vent bul­ly­ing and school-based ther­apy to treat men­tal health ear­lier.

Greens say don’t just treat ill­ness; we call on the Tory Govern­ment to re­verse their failed poli­cies and tackle the fac­tors that con­trib­ute to poor men­tal health, like hous­ing short­ages, ris­ing poverty and cuts to pub­lic ser­vices.

This week’s Big Pic­ture was taken in Rainow at the bot­tom of Ker­ridge Ridge by Anna Ire­land. She says that sheep­dogs were round­ing up the sheep off the ridge and putting them in a field. Email your im­ages to us at mac­cles­field­ex­press@ men­media.co.uk or add them to our Flickr page at flickr.com/groups/mac­cpics. We’ll print the best ones

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