Maghull Town Council, Melling Parish and Aintree Village Parish

Tony Carr

Labour-run Maghull Town Council has joined Melling and Aintree Village parish councils in backing a Labour councillor's scheme to tackle dog dirt in East Sefton.

Cllr Tony Carr has secured the backing of the three councils to take action against irresponsible dog owners.

Each of the three councils have given financial backing to a scheme which will see dog wardens out on the streets targeting the reckless owners.

Thanks to the Maghull, Melling and Aintree Village councils, extra officers will now be deployed. They will be proactively encouraging dog owners to be more responsible with the disposal of their doggy waste and fining anyone who doesn't.

Cllr Carr said he was delighted that Maghull Town Council, Melling Parish Council and Aintree Village Parish Council have given their backing to the scheme.

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.

"So everyone will be pleased that the councils have put their backing behind this initiative which puts more Sefton Council dog wardens out on our streets for longer.

"These wardens will be deployed to actively advise dog walkers to carry bags and to issue fixed penalty notices of £60 to anyone falling foul of the law.

"It's the advice which the wardens will issue which I am sure will do the trick. For instance, a lot of dog walkers I speak to are not aware that they can put their dog waste in regular bins.

"Most people are responsible dog owners and I am sure they will act responsibly."

Cllr Carr thanked each of the three parish councils for "taking a lead" on one of the big local issues.

Cllr Carr said: "Dog dirt on the street is dangerous. 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.

"Maghull Town Council, Melling parish Council and Aintree Village Parish Council are taking a lead to deal with this issue.

"I'd like to thank the town and parish councillors who supported this initiative and Sefton Council for support this idea."

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