Labour Cllr Steve Kermode with his dog Tilly
Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Team has contacted the neighbourhood team to call for local police to deal with a popular trail which has been labelled a ‘dog dirt minefield’.
Park Ward Labour Councillor Steve Kermode said the Labour Action Team has been contacted by a growing number of people reporting incidents of dog dirt.
One of the main problem areas is the Trans Pennine Trail which runs through Maghull and Lydiate.
Cllr Kermode said: “The Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Team has received calls from local residents and regular walkers complaining about dog dirt.
“One resident said it was like trying to negotiate a minefield walking through some stretches of the Trans Pennine Trail because of all of the dog dirt littering the pathway.
“We have some lovely parks around this area. The Trans Pennine Trail is a great pathway which is used by lots of people. But very often our parks and gardens and the Trans Pennine Trail, are being ruined by a small minority of dog walkers who inexcusably neglect to clean up after their pets.
“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.”
Cllr Kermode said he hoped a police clampdown on dog fouling would make people think twice about leaving behind a mess.
Cllr Kermode said: “Allowing dogs to foul on our streets is anti-social behaviour. I have asked our neighbourhood police to clampdown on it.
“My Molyneux Ward colleague, Cllr Tony Carr, has taken this issue up in the council and he has received the backing of Melling and Aintree Village parish councils and Maghull Town Council for Operation Collar.
“Dog walkers are encouraged to tie doggy bags to their leads to show everyone that they are taking responsibility. People need to realise that allowing dogs to do their business in public and leaving it there is socially unacceptable.
“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.
“People found allowing their dogs to foul will face a penalty. And I urge them to think twice before leaving a mess behind.”