Labour campaigner calls for clampdown on irresponsible dog owner

Diane Roberts


A community campaigner and Labour candidate for Manor Ward Diane Roberts has contacted the town's Neighbourhood Inspector to call for local police to stamp down on dog fouling.

Diane says many parts of the Crosby, Thornton and Hightown are plagued by the problem.

But she 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.

Diane said: "I've seen a lot of letters of late published in the local papers highlighting the issue of dog excrement in Crosby, Thornton and Hightown. It is clear that this is an issue. You just have to take a walk around to see just how much of a problem it is at the moment.

"Our communities have 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 dogs.

"I realise this problem is only caused 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. But 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.

"Not only is it a nuisance that you have to dodge dog mess as you are walking along, it is also dangerous. As we all know, it can cause blindness and even death. This makes it all the more dangerous for toddlers.

"It's filthy and needs to be stopped."

Diane said 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 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.

"I have written to our Neighbourhood Inspector to see if we can introduce this here and start the process of eradicating this filthy problem from our streets once and for all."

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