Town Council call for residents to join their ranks in tackling dog-fouling problem

Knutsford Guardian: Clr Vivien Davies with Acting Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Garner Clr Vivien Davies with Acting Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Garner

KNUTSFORD Town Council is enlisting the help of residents in tackling a foul problem that has been dogging the town.

Following a meeting of the Environment Committee on January 13, the town council is appealing for residents to speak out against dog-owners who don’t scoop the poop.

The council is also asking for help in identifying the worst-affected areas, in highlighting possible areas for dog-fouling signage and for residents’ opinion on the availability of dog-waste facilities.

Chair of the Environment Committee, Clr Vivien Davies, said: “We want to stress we are aware that the majority of dog owners are very responsible but it only takes a few to make life not so pleasant for people by leaving the mess about.

“Anybody who is having problems in a particular area should contact the Town Clerk.”

Acting Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Garner said that once the information is collected from residents, the town council can then proceed to work with Cheshire East Council to help minimise the problem.

“The Town Council will seek to work with CEC to ensure that dog owners are aware of their responsibilities and penalties which can arise from not cleaning up as well as working with enforcement to see that those who are persistently allowing their dog to foul are dealt with,” he added.

Locations for dog-fouling notices and the dog waste bins provisions will also be brought to Cheshire East Council’s attention.

Some problematic areas identified at the meeting include Thorneyholme Drive, Shaw Drive, Grove Park, Higher Downs, Mansion Drive, the Meadow behind St Cross, St Johns Wood and Longridge.

If you agree the aforementioned are areas of concern or would like to highlight another area, contact Adam on 01565 653 929 or email townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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