A WYRE councillor has sensationally quit his top town hall post amid allegations he threw a ‘poop scoop’ bag at a member of the public.
Coun Paul Moon stepped down from his position as Street Scene Portfolio Holder following a complaint about his conduct during a meeting discussing dog orders.
It was alleged the Preesall councillor threw the poop scoop bag at Irene Horner, who was at the meeting to speak against new dog laws restricting the number of dogs that can be walked at one time and access to public land.
After the meeting Coun Moon denied the allegations saying he had intended to use the bag – which was filled with biscuits – as a visual aid during the meeting and was merely passing it around the meeting room.
But he has since apologised for his actions saying the incident was an error of judgement on his part.
Council leader, Coun Peter Gibson, said: “It is with regret we announce the resignation of Coun Paul Moon from the position of Street Scene Portfolio Holder.
“Coun Moon has taken the difficult decision to withdraw from his official Cabinet duties following a complaint recently received from a member of the public about his conduct during a discussion on dog control orders at a recent Cabinet meeting.
“He has been quick to take personal responsibility for his actions as he recognises that this was an error of judgement on his part.
“So much so, he has already made a personal apology to the member of the public and a wider public apology to everyone who attended the meeting.
“He feels that it is in the best interests of the council to resign.
“I respect his decision to leave the cabinet and would like to take this opportunity to thank Coun Moon for all the excellent work he has done to serve the people of Wyre and spearhead a number of environmental initiatives to meet local priorities.
“We recognise issues surrounding dog control continue to be important to local residents and we believe that the implementation of the orders will enable us to do this”.
Chief executive of Wyre Council Donna Hall said she witnessed the incident and although the bag did not actually hit Mrs Horner, but landed in front of her, she felt it was a breach of the code of conduct.
Mrs Horner refused to comment on Coun Moon’s resignation but dog owner Eileen Frain, who attended the meeting said she respected his decision.
She said: “It was an unfortunate and unnecessary incident when people had gone to the meeting to make serious points and express their concerns.”
Coun Moon, who also declined to speak regarding his decision to quit, will continue in his role as a local councillor for Preesall.
Under the new controversial orders it will be an offence to take more than four dogs on to George Playing Fields and Stannah Park in Thornton Cleveleys and playing areas at the Civic Centre and Cottam Hall in Poulton.
Also the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park in Poulton.
Dogs will not be allowed in any children’s play areas, cemeteries, memorial parks or sporting areas in Wyre.
A decision on dog walking restrictions in Fleetwood has been deferred for further consultation.