East Sefton Labour Councillor praises Melling Parish for tacklin

Tony Carr


An East Sefton Labour Councillor has praised Melling Parish Council for leading the way in stamping down on dog dirt.

Molyneux Ward's Cllr Tony Carr has raised the issue of dog fouling throughout the district with Sefton East Parishes Area Committee in March and June this year, but on each occasion the Liberal Democrats who make up the majority on the committee voted to defer the decision.

Cllr Carr said the Liberal Democrats in East Sefton were failing to take the issue seriously.

Cllr Carr said: "Dog mess on our streets is one of the biggest issues which comes up at my surgeries, on the doorstep and through correspondence time and time again.

"I think it is about time that we really get a grip of this dirty and dangerous issue.

"However, when I brought up the issue of funding for Operation Collar, which is the specific operation aimed at dealing with dog fouling on our streets, at Sefton East Parishes Area Committee on March 17, the controlling Liberal Democrats deferred discussion. When I brought it up again on June 23, the Lib Dems did the same thing again.

"They clearly disagree with me and the many people who have contacted me about this issue and who want action taken to deal with it."

But Cllr Carr said Melling Parish Council, which Cllr Carr also serves on, has stepped in where the East Sefton Liberal Democrats have failed by funding extra dog fouling notices. The signs warn people who don't clear up after their dogs that they will incur a hefty fine.

Cllr Carr said: "I am glad that Melling Parish Council is leading the way on this. The parish council funded the signs which warn people about the penalty they risk incurring if the allow their dogs to foul.

"They make perfectly clear that there is a fixed penalty of £75.

"Earlier this year I had the agreement from the neighbourhood police inspector in my call for officers to issue on the spot fines to offenders

"This problem has been allowed to go on for too long. You can't walk down the street without having to dodge dog mess.

"Everyone now knows the dangers which dog dirt presents. It is unhygienic and can lead to blindness in children and even death.

"This isn't just a petty nuisance, it is a very real danger on our streets. A danger which needs to be taken seriously and dealt with once and for all.

"But this is a big issue which the Labour Action Team and I are determined to clean up. It's just a shame the Liberal Democrats in East Sefton don't feel the same way."

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