Dog mess: ‘Tell us who’

february 4 'Willow Fields Wesham Miller Homes
february 4 'Willow Fields Wesham Miller Homes
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Residents are being urged to report irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets , so they can be prosecuted.

Coun Linda Nulty, Medlar-with-Wesham councillor for Fylde Council, said she wants to see more dog owners fined for letting their pets foul the communal areas of Willow Fields estate, off Derby Road, in Wesham.

Coun Nulty, said: “Anyone who can tell us when this is happening it will make the dog warden’s job a lot easier.

“If they know someone is going to a certain place at 6pm every night, they can come out and prosecute them.”

The dog foul problem has become so bad in recent weeks a customer services manager for Willow Fields estate has written to residents warning them to take more responsibility for their pets.

It said: “We have been contacted by the local town 
councillor regarding this matter and are writing to remind all occupiers to clear up any mess that your dog makes, and that it is a criminal 
offence under The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 not to clear up any mess that your animal makes.

“The town clerk will be making contact with the borough dog warden to inform them of this serious issue and to ask them to patrol the estate more often.”

Coun Nulty said more prosecutions would help to eradicate the problem and force dog owners to be more considerate and responsible.

She said: “Unfortunately, some dog owners get a bad name because the majority of people these days do clean up after their dogs and are 

“We want those who don’t to be prosecute if possible 
because there are plenty of bins about to clean up.”

One Willow Fields resident said: “As it has only just been built it is a lovely estate, but it is really disappointing when people let their dogs use the paths and fields as a toilet. 
I am glad the property 
management firm is taking action.

“We have just started 
getting some nice weather to enjoy the landscaped areas of the estate and nobody wants to tread in dog muck.

“I do not own a dog, but hopefully those who do will take notice and start carrying round a poop scoop and bags to pick up their mess.

“And if they don’t, surely Fylde Council has to step in and take some action sooner or later.”