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Residents are barking mad over foul play
Monday 22nd February, 2010

Residents are barking mad over foul play
Dog waste campaign

He is manís best friend. But his mess definitely isnít!

And dog owners who fail to clean up after their four-legged pal will soon find out in no uncertain terms that they are no friends of Hindley Green residents, either, because local people are crying foul over the amount of dog mess thatís being left by irresponsible dog owners across their streets, parks and open spaces.

As a result, Wigan Council is launching a month-long campaign which aims to remind dog owners that their lack of consideration not only causes offence Ė but is actually also an offence under the Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.

And Wiggy, Wigan Councilís doggy mascot, will be joining in the fun when the campaign kicks off on 22nd February. The canine crusader will be let off the leash to help promote the Ďscoop the poopí message to all dog walkers.

Over 1,500 households across the area will receive a letter and a leaflet featuring the basic message Hindley Green says No to foul play and warning that anyone found not picking up after their dog will be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £50 and could be fined up to £2,500.

The area around Coupland Road was identified as a dog fouling grot spot during recent environmental surveys. Residents were also consulted during surveys conducted as part of the PACT process (Partners & Communities Together) which highlighted the areas around Cambourne Drive and Colwyn Drive.

As part of the campaign, officers from the Council, Wigan and Leigh Housing and Greater Manchester Police will speak to people on the street to spread the message and hand out free dog bag collar bones to dog walkers.

The Councilís cleansing department will use their Schmidt footway sweeper to target the worst areas for dog fouling, whilst the Environmental Education Team will be carry out craft workshops in local schools.

Wigan Councilís Cabinet Champion for Neighbourhoods Cllr Kevin Anderson says:
ďThe Neighbourhood Teams have been speaking to members of the local community as part of our Partners and Communities Together consultation process. The overwhelming issue was dog fouling. So, as a result, we are taking direct action to tackle this number one priority, and to show offenders that we take the issue seriously and will use all enforcement measures within our power. Making this high-profile stance against inconsiderate dog owners is one more way in which we can support local people who strive to take pride in their neighbourhoods."

During the campaign, officers from the Councilís Neighbourhood Team and the Police will patrol the areas to look for any irresponsible dog owners and issue Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders.

On Friday the 26th February, the RSPCA will be on site with a mobile vetinary unit to give advice to local dog owners and offer a micro-chipping service. The unit will be situated to the rear car park of Hindley Green Church on Atherton Road at the junction with Leigh Road.

A variety of high impact signs will be erected on lamp columns around the area, encouraging people to bin their dogís mess, and posters will also be handed out to local businesses to publicise the campaign.

If local residents would like to get involved please contact Paul Ormrod Ė Hindley and Ashton Neighbourhood Officer and Campaign Co-ordinator on 01942 487760.

Any local intelligence or information regarding irresponsible dog owners can also be forwarded to the Environmental Services Helpline on 01942 404364 where this will be investigated further.

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