Formby Labour Councillors' bin bid to tackle dog dirt problem ne

Formby Labour Councillors Nina Killen and Peter Maguire with concerned mum Karen Nicholson.

 

Formby Labour Councillors are working to bin a very messy problem near a local school.

Councillors Nina Killen and Peter Maguire approached Formby mum Karen Nicholson after she raised the issue at Formby Area Committee.

Karen has two children who both attend Trinity St Peter's on Paradise Lane.

She told the committee that dog dirt at a pathway near to the school was so bad, she feared for children's health.

Karen said: "At times, the dog dirt along the pathway to the side of Trinity St Peter's school gets so bad you have to dodge the dirt as you go along.

"When people do pick up after their dogs, there's nowhere for them to put it. So we find the bags discarded at the end of the pathway.

"Children being children, they either pick it up, or start kicking it around. There have even been times when people have stepped in the mess and walked it into the school not knowing.

"Not only is it disgusting, but it is also dangerous. Young children can be blinded by dog dirt because of the bacteria in it. There are even cases where children have died.

"That's why I have asked our councillors for a bin, for dog walkers to be able to drop their used bags in at the end of the path, instead of just discarding them on the ground."

Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen's children also attend Trinity St Peter's.

Cllr Killen said: "Karen raised the issue at Formby Area Committee and I fully share her concerns.

"The council has placed notices on posts surrounding the school warning dog owners that they face a fine if they allow their dogs to foul on the street and they fail to clear it up afterwards.

"While most dog owners are responsible and do clear up after their dogs, there are a persistent few who are aren't. There are others who are clearing up after their pets, but they have nowhere to put the used bags and are leaving them on the ground. This is unacceptable.

"Dog dirt is clearly dangerous and I am working with my colleagues to take action."

The Labour Councillors are now looking at getting a bin installed at the end of the pathway.

Cllr Maguire said: "As we all know, Sefton Council doesn't have any money to spare at the moment because the Tory-Lib Dem Government has slashed its budget.

"Cllr Killen, Cllr Catie Page and I will be calling on our Formby council colleagues to back plans to get a bin installed near to the school, using Formby Area Committee funds.

"If we don't get their support, we will look at moving a bin that isn't being used from elsewhere in Formby and place it here.

"We are liaising with Sefton's cleansing department and we are both hopeful that we will be able to get action taken to resolve this problem.

"In the meantime, I would urge dog owners to be responsible and make sure that their pets' mess is cleared and disposed of responsibly."