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