Anger at ‘sea of poo bags’ left by dog walk­ers at dis­used golf course

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HIS stom­ach-churn­ing im­age re­veals a ‘sea of dog poo bags’ left at a dis­used course.

Res­i­dents have been left fu­ri­ous by the hor­rific golf mess that has built up at Wil­liam Wroe in Flix­ton.

The fa­cil­ity closed last year and has been the sub­ject of a fierce de­bate over po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment.

Thou­sands of peo­ple op­pose plans to bull­doze the golf course and build 750 homes.

While the plan­ning row rum­bles on, Wil­liam Wroe was closed by Traf­ford coun­cil be­cause it was no longer ‘fi­nan­cially vi­able’.

The land has re­mained open to the pub­lic and re­mains pop­u­lar with dog walk­ers.

Res­i­dent Gemma Hol­land shared an im­age of hun­dreds of dog poo bags left in one area of the beauty spot on Facebook.

“It’s crim­i­nal that bins aren’t emp­tied, but it’s equally crim­i­nal that a sea of poo bags are dumped around them.

“Come on fel­low dog walk­ers, the first rule is that if there’s no bin avail­able on your walk you take it home.

“This is not an avail­able bin, please find an­other one or take it home.”

Ac­cord­ing to Michelle McGrath, who cam­paigned against the pro­posed hous­ing de­vel­op­ment, res­i­dents were told ‘months ago’ that the coun­cil would not be emp­ty­ing bins on Wil­liam Wroe golf course be­cause A COUN­CIL has backed a plan for ‘en­dorsed’ providers to set up free schools – even though coun­cil­lors op­pose the academy sys­tem.

Sal­ford cab­i­net mem­bers said they would rather see new sites opened un­der coun­cil con­trol to help plug the city’s school short­age gap but gov­ern­ment rules no longer al­low it.

A de­mand for school places means that more will need to open – and so the town hall has said it will ‘en­dorse’ free schools which fit its val­ues. ●● it is closed. That claim has not been ver­i­fied by the town hall.

“I haven’t got a dog, I love dogs but I didn’t fight for Wil­liam Wroe for it to be turned into a dog toi­let,” Michelle said.

Michelle fears that if peo­ple con­tinue to ‘abuse’ the land, it will force the coun­cil to close it off.

Just last week, Traf­ford coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal team launched a cam­paign urg­ing dog own­ers to be re­spon­si­ble for their pets’ mess.

Peo­ple were warned they must bag and bin dog mess – or face an £80 on­the-spot fine or pros­e­cu­tion.

A Traf­ford coun­cil spokesman added: “A

The cab­i­net ap­proved a re­port en­cour­ag­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from po­ten­tial providers in ar­eas of the city where there is a par­tic­u­lar need, pro­vid­ing they meet cer­tain cri­te­ria.

Deputy city mayor, Coun John Merry, said: “In an ideal world we wouldn’t be in this sit­u­a­tion but this is the best way of rolling with the punches.

“I want to make it clear that we are not in favour of free schools and academies.

“I’m a pas­sion­ate be­liever and cam­paigner for lo­cal authority team will be on site to­day and to­mor­row to clean up the mess.

“We recog­nise that the bins there are not suit­able and we were go­ing to re­place them this week with more ap­pro­pri­ate ones.

“How­ever, this has now been de­layed be­cause of this is­sue. We would ask dog own­ers to be more re­spon­si­ble by tak­ing home the dog mess when the bins are full.

“As part of our Bag it and Bin It cam­paign, any­one caught not dis­pos­ing of their dog’s mess ap­pro­pri­ately will re­ceive an £80 on-thes­pot fine or if more se­ri­ous, they will be pros­e­cuted.” ed­u­ca­tion but what I won’t do is sac­ri­fice the in­ter­ests of chil­dren in Sal­ford sim­ply for es­tab­lish­ing a po­lit­i­cal prin­ci­ple.

“The re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion is if I and the authority want to cre­ate new schools in Sal­ford, then they will have to be free schools or academy schools.”

Free schools are state-funded in­de­pen­dent schools that op­er­ate out­side of the lo­cal authority’s con­trol.

They can be set up by groups like char­i­ties, trusts, busi­nesses or par­ents.

A ‘sea of dog poo bags’ has been left on Wil­liam Wroe golf course in Flix­ton

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