Formby Labour campaigner calls for police to stamp down on dog f

Ben Bentley

 

Formby campaigner and Labour candidate for Harington Ward Ben Bentley has contacted the town's Neighbourhood Inspector to call for local police to stamp down on dog fouling.

Ben says many parts of the town are plagued by the problem.

But he said the solution may have been found by a Sefton Labour councillor who has negotiated with police in Maghull, Aintree and Melling to enable Community Support Officers to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone found allowing their dog to foul on the streets.

Ben said: "I've seen a lot of letters of late published in the Formby Times/Champion highlighting the issue of dog excrement in Formby. It is clear that this is an issue in Formby.

"Formby has many lovely parks and green spots for dog owners to walk their pets and it is a real shame that a small minority of owners inexcusably neglect to clean up after their dog. Regularly in the area I live I see dog foul left on the grass and at times in the middle of the pavement.

"I realise this problem is only perpetuated by a small minority of dog owners and that the vast majority of residents with dogs consistently clean up any foul left while walking their pet. Nonetheless this is an ongoing problem that needs to be tackled as the current measures in place are evidently not encouraging some dog owners from cleaning up the mess."

Ben people would think twice if they thought they could be landed with a fine.

He said: "In East Sefton this issue has been tackled head on by Labour councillor Tony Carr.

"Cllr Carr has been working with Community Support Officers to introduce an initiative to tackle the problem of dog fouling. This in involves giving Community Support Officers the power to issue ‘on the spot’ fixed penalty fines to dog owners who do not clean up their dog's mess.

"This will be an effective measure in dealing with the small minority of dog owners who allow our parks, footpaths and green spots to be ruined by bothersome and potentially dangerous dog mess."

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