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Pink Poo Push for Parkgate

Published: 26th February 2016 14:45

As reported on AboutMyArea last year (here), the Pink Poo initiative is being promoted by Cheshire West and Chester Council.  Now, Parkgate residents will be pushing forward with a campaign to combat dog mess.

Dog waste binClear up after your dog!

The Council has provided information on how it all works on a page of their website, here.

Following a number of complaints about dog fouling channelled through AboutMyArea Neston to Parkgate Councillor Martin Barker, he included a discussion about the problem at his regular 'Parkgate Action' meeting today.

Attendees include local residents and councillors, members of Parkgate Society, the Parkgate Traders organisation and an officer from Cheshire West and Chester.  Your editor also attended this month.

Everyone at the meeting agreed that irresponsible dog owners were causing problems for everyone else.  In addition to unacceptable levels of muck left on pavements, some owners were going to the trouble of bagging up their pets' output, but then lobbing the bags onto the marsh or into trees.  It was pointed out at the meeting that bags can be put in normal litter bins as well as those designated specifically for dog mess, so there really is no excuse for such selfish behaviour.

Officers of the Parkgate Society present at the meeting agreed that the Society would pick up the cost of the pink poo spray and that its Community Spirit group would spearhead the activity to try and crack down on nuisance dog owners. They will also look into ways of distributing free bags.

The Community Spirit group are also leading a 'Clean for the Queen' event on Saturday March 5th.  Any local residents interested in helping with a litter pick and general tidy up of the area are welcome to meet at Mostyn Square at 9.30am that day.

If you live elsewhere in the CH64 area and think your part of the town could do with a Pink Poo campaign, please follow this link to find a toolkit and other useful information.

It's against the law

Just to be clear, failing to clear up after a dog is an offence, carrying a maximum penalty of £1000. 

Report them!

If you know of a dog owner that is not clearing up after their pet, you can report them.  The Council can then deploy enforcement officers at the relevant times and to targetted areas.  Find out all the ways in which you can make such reports here.

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At 12:51 on 3rd March 2016, Diogenes commented:
Absolutely right! Something has to be done to alter the behaviour of those anti-social slime-ball dog owners. Some are quite sneaky about it as they find hidden corners where they can not be seen do not bother cleaning up after their dogs. Others, bag the dirt and then fling it when they think that nobody is watching. Several times, we and the neighbours, had to clean their dog waste from inside our drive ways.

Well done "About My Area" for including articles on this Health and Safety" issue but more needs to be done to inform and educate those anti-social dog owners. A tv and radio campaign will be very useful as well as a presence of dog wardens. Unless those irresponsible dog owners are caught and fined, according to the law, the problem will continue.

In many areas, like the pavements through Ness, are minefields. For long sections, we walk on the road to avoid stepping on dog dirt. Some irresponsible dog owners even leave dog waste outside Woodfall Lane school.

Dog waste, as well as cat, can transmit many parasitic diseases to humans; such as Toxocarosis and Toxoplasmosis.

Arvel Arbeloa
At 17:29 on 3rd March 2016, Arvel Arbeloa commented:
Woodfall Lane is a disgrace. Are these dog owners completely thick and not notice there's a school?

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