New Westhoughton campaign: 'Pick up your poo, it's what you should do'

Cllr Ryan Battersby with Moss. Behind him, from left, are Amy Longmore, Cllr Karen Lawrinson, Cllr Christopher Peacock and Cllr David Chadwick

Cllr Ryan Battersby with Moss. Behind him, from left, are Amy Longmore, Cllr Karen Lawrinson, Cllr Christopher Peacock and Cllr David Chadwick

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

“SELFISH and ignorant” people who fail to clean up dog waste when walking their pets in Westhoughton are being targeted by a new town council campaign.

Councillors agreed to buy 10,000 dog waste bags in an initiative coined “pick up your poo, it’s what you should do” by Cllr Phil Ashcroft, who represents the White Horse ward.

The bags, which will be distributed around the town in a drive to encourage people to use them, will cost £79 and will be sourced from George Twist Ltd, a local shop.

Councillors said there is no excuse for dog owners not clearing up after their pets as the waste bags are so inexpensive.

Cllr Christopher Peacock, for Westhoughton North and Chew Moor, stressed that he did not want people to get used to the bags being handed out and urged owners to buy their own as soon as possible.

Cllr Peacock, who owns a guide dog called Gilbert, said: “This is not about the town council or Bolton Council not doing things to tackle the problem. This is about the actions of selfish and ignorant people.

“Anyone that does not clean up after their dog does not care about Westhoughton or their community.

“As a dog owner, I feel very passionately about this as I never fail to clean up after my dog.”

The bags will be given out in bundles of 20 and will be available from Westhoughton Town Hall, with other locations to be decided.

The motion was put on the agenda of Westhoughton Town Council by Cllr Gill Williams, for Daisy Hill, who said: “I have had a lot of emails lately regarding the problem in Westhoughton and Daisy Hill.

“I think this council should be seen to be doing something serious to tackle it.”

Cllr David Chadwick, council leader, said: “When I take my dog, George, for a walk I take spare bags with me to pick up other people’s dog waste.

“It’s disgusting that people just leave their pet’s waste in fields and parks and that is why I support this motion.”

Councillors unanimously agreed to launch the campaign, with new Westhoughton mayor and borough councillor for Westhoughton South, Cllr Kevan Jones, among other dog owners supporting the campaign.

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:25am Wed 30 Apr 14

angus macoatup says...

how about pick up your **** or I'll rub your nose in it blackrods as bad
how about pick up your **** or I'll rub your nose in it blackrods as bad angus macoatup
  • Score: 4

12:55pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Kitty84 says...

I totally agree with this and everyone should clean up after their dog but does this apply to horse owners too? As i see a fair bit of that of the pavements and roads.
I totally agree with this and everyone should clean up after their dog but does this apply to horse owners too? As i see a fair bit of that of the pavements and roads. Kitty84
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Superfly79 says...

I know the council are acting in good faith and £79.00 isn't a huge amount, why should the Bolton tax payer have to pay for these bags!

These people who leave waste on fields and parks etc for kids to walk into are a whole lot more than selfish and ignorant. Along with fly tippers, genuine litter droppers (not just innocent OAP feeding the pigeons!) there should be zero tolerance!! As well as large fines these individuals should be put in a high viz jackets and made to clean up their own community! Free Poo bags wont be needed then I promise!
I know the council are acting in good faith and £79.00 isn't a huge amount, why should the Bolton tax payer have to pay for these bags! These people who leave waste on fields and parks etc for kids to walk into are a whole lot more than selfish and ignorant. Along with fly tippers, genuine litter droppers (not just innocent OAP feeding the pigeons!) there should be zero tolerance!! As well as large fines these individuals should be put in a high viz jackets and made to clean up their own community! Free Poo bags wont be needed then I promise! Superfly79
  • Score: 4

1:25pm Wed 30 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

A waste of money,these sh1te mongers are to lazy to stoop and scoop even if they get FREE bags.This seems to be the norm these days,if you are to lazy to work FREE housing,FREE food and FREE benefits are available.I read a couple of articles in a "Local" newspaper last week.Article one reported a person got a substancial fine for not cleaning up his dog's mess. Article two reported that a thug who punched a police officer in the face received a lesser fine than the crap napper.
A waste of money,these sh1te mongers are to lazy to stoop and scoop even if they get FREE bags.This seems to be the norm these days,if you are to lazy to work FREE housing,FREE food and FREE benefits are available.I read a couple of articles in a "Local" newspaper last week.Article one reported a person got a substancial fine for not cleaning up his dog's mess. Article two reported that a thug who punched a police officer in the face received a lesser fine than the crap napper. boltonnut
  • Score: 2

1:33pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Rocket_Scientist says...

...and when you have bagged it PUT IT IN THE BIN, don't festoon it from trees and fences like Christams decorations
...and when you have bagged it PUT IT IN THE BIN, don't festoon it from trees and fences like Christams decorations Rocket_Scientist
  • Score: 6

1:38pm Wed 30 Apr 14

billyexpat says...

Parasites found in some dog faeces can result in the abortions of cattle and death in sheep and with several reports over recent months, local farmers are pleading with the public to be more responsible. As we are now well and truly into lambing and calving season, the message to members of the public is to remember to pick up any faeces from dogs they are walking, including when they are using agricultural land. There is evidence of the links between two specific diseases in livestock and the presence on grazing land of faeces from infected dogs, these are Neosporosis and Sarcocystosis.
Neosporosis can cause abortions in cattle and is thought to be responsible for the highest percentage of all cattle abortions reported in the UK. Neospora eggs are produced by infected dogs and excreted in their faeces. Cattle will then become infected if they eat food, ie grass, or drink water contaminated with the eggs.
The prevalence of the disease in herds, and its potential impact on farm economics – due to infected cows being more likely to abort, premature culling and reduced milk yields – make this an important disease to try to control.
Sarcocystosis is also caused by parasites, which can use dogs as intermediate hosts, and similarly the eggs are produced and excreted in faeces. Sheep will become infected if they eat food or drink contaminated by the eggs.
The presence of sarcocystosis, parasites, on a carcass following slaughter can result in the carcass being condemned. The disease can be passed on from ewe to lamb during pregnancy.

In terms of both these diseases, faeces from infected dogs can contaminate pasture and animal feed, water or bedding. There is currently no licensed vaccine or drugs available for these diseases.
This is becoming an increasing problem for many farmers, especially when located on urban fringes and is an important issue for dog owners to be aware of, both for the health of their own pet but also the livestock grazing on that land.
Those utilising any agricultural land to exercise their pets should do so responsibly and clean up after their animals to avoid the spread of disease.
Name and shame these irresponsible dog walkers
Take photos on your mobile phones and circulate and report them
Parasites found in some dog faeces can result in the abortions of cattle and death in sheep and with several reports over recent months, local farmers are pleading with the public to be more responsible. As we are now well and truly into lambing and calving season, the message to members of the public is to remember to pick up any faeces from dogs they are walking, including when they are using agricultural land. There is evidence of the links between two specific diseases in livestock and the presence on grazing land of faeces from infected dogs, these are Neosporosis and Sarcocystosis. Neosporosis can cause abortions in cattle and is thought to be responsible for the highest percentage of all cattle abortions reported in the UK. Neospora eggs are produced by infected dogs and excreted in their faeces. Cattle will then become infected if they eat food, ie grass, or drink water contaminated with the eggs. The prevalence of the disease in herds, and its potential impact on farm economics – due to infected cows being more likely to abort, premature culling and reduced milk yields – make this an important disease to try to control. Sarcocystosis is also caused by parasites, which can use dogs as intermediate hosts, and similarly the eggs are produced and excreted in faeces. Sheep will become infected if they eat food or drink contaminated by the eggs. The presence of sarcocystosis, parasites, on a carcass following slaughter can result in the carcass being condemned. The disease can be passed on from ewe to lamb during pregnancy. In terms of both these diseases, faeces from infected dogs can contaminate pasture and animal feed, water or bedding. There is currently no licensed vaccine or drugs available for these diseases. This is becoming an increasing problem for many farmers, especially when located on urban fringes and is an important issue for dog owners to be aware of, both for the health of their own pet but also the livestock grazing on that land. Those utilising any agricultural land to exercise their pets should do so responsibly and clean up after their animals to avoid the spread of disease. Name and shame these irresponsible dog walkers Take photos on your mobile phones and circulate and report them billyexpat
  • Score: 1

5:01pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Dr Doo Little says...

Ive seen dog owners ALLOWING their animals urine n poo outside people homes whilst they choking on their fags no care whatsoever.
I see any dog doing their beep outside my door the owner and the dog will get my beep to take home with them.
Mind you Ive seen dogs taking their owners for a walk...
Ive seen dog owners ALLOWING their animals urine n poo outside people homes whilst they choking on their fags no care whatsoever. I see any dog doing their beep outside my door the owner and the dog will get my beep to take home with them. Mind you Ive seen dogs taking their owners for a walk... Dr Doo Little
  • Score: 0

5:02pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Dr Doo Little says...

A dog is for life not just for Christmas...
WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN?
A dog is for life not just for Christmas... WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN? Dr Doo Little
  • Score: 0

10:27pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Janbur says...

Its just as bad at Moses Gate Country Park,some people are just too lazy to pick their dogs poo up,if you own a dog you should be prepared to pick its poo up,Lets keep the country side free from dog poo,pick it up,it only takes a minute.
Its just as bad at Moses Gate Country Park,some people are just too lazy to pick their dogs poo up,if you own a dog you should be prepared to pick its poo up,Lets keep the country side free from dog poo,pick it up,it only takes a minute. Janbur
  • Score: 0

6:42am Thu 1 May 14

Our streets says...

Nothing worse than stepping in Dog poo!!
Disgusting!!
If you can't look after your dog then you shouldn't be allowed to keep one!!
Simple!!
Nothing worse than stepping in Dog poo!! Disgusting!! If you can't look after your dog then you shouldn't be allowed to keep one!! Simple!! Our streets
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree