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Let’s keep our streets as clean as our hands!

by Gemma Melling

Our communities are all playing their part in following Government advice on basic hygiene advice and social distancing. And while we are encouraged to take a walk each day, if you are walking your dog it’s probably more important than ever to make sure you pick up after them.

Unfortunately Knowsley Council is receiving much higher than usual reports of dog fouling across the borough. Resident feedback in recent days has been specifically that daily exercise for families and children is being cut short or ruined by the thoughtlessness of others.

Furthermore, this increased mess in parks and on Knowsley’ streets places additional pressure on council services that are already stretched.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities & Neighbourhoods said: “We have so many positive examples of residents and communities coming together at this difficult time. People going above and beyond to make a real difference to their neighbourhoods, so it’s really important to remember that. But is also important that we remind everyone that they have to play their part as a responsible citizen.

“As a dog owner myself I can’t understand how people think it is ok to leave your dog’s waste on the street or in the park. It’s more important than ever for us to be respectful and considerate and not place an additional pressure on council services right now. So the message is simple, bag it and bin it!”

And that simple message has been captured in the image at the top of this story – which was drawn by the young son of a Knowsley Dog Warden.

If you are a resident who sees incidents of dog fouling please report it online using the council’s website. Knowsley’s Street Scene Team will be notified and will endeavour to clean it up as quickly as possible. Our Environmental Health Team will also collate this information to understand what the hotspot areas are.

So please remember the main things to consider when walking your dog:

  • Always carry a bag or other means of cleaning up after your dog at all times.
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times in council-owned cemeteries and allotments.
  • Remove your dog’s mess when it fouls.