Calls for action to clean up 'Dog Poo Alley' - The Worcester Observer

Calls for action to clean up 'Dog Poo Alley'

Worcester Editorial 8th Feb, 2017   0

AN OUTSPOKEN Bedwardine councillor has called for a clean up of a busy footpath used by youngsters and parents which has been dubbed ‘Dog Poo Alley’ by frustrated residents.

Coun Alan Amos labelled the alley leading from Skinner Road and Pitmaston Road to Winchester Avenue as a disgrace and raised concerns about children using the route on a daily basis.

Youngsters and their parents often use the alleyway to get to Pitmaston Primary School and Coun Amos told the Observer more needed to be done to tackle the problem.

After being contacted by local residents, Coun Amos has put forward suggestions for tackling the matter and urged council chiefs to put in place some measures to curb dog fouling in the area.

The former Mayor of Worcester expressed his hope enforcement officers would increase their visits to the area.

Coun Amos also called for a reassessment of the number of dog bins around Skinner Road and Winchester Avenue and has approached council officers to find out when the number of bins was last recorded.

More prominent signs have also been requested by the councillor who said he had real concerns about how faeces were cleaned up.

“I’m really concerned that after the initial waste is scooped up, the residue is then left for the weather to deal with,” he said.

“I want to know if there are machines that can be used to clean up properly, if so how much are they?” Coun Amos added.

The councillor acknowledged a large number of dog owners did pick up the mess but urged those who didn’t to think about the health of those walking through the alley.

“It cannot stay like this as some days it’s utterly disgusting and a real shame youngsters and their parents have to walk through it simply to get to school,” he said.

“It is not nice for the area, or indeed any part of the city, to have an area called ‘Dog Poo Alley’,” he added.

A Worcester City Council spokesperson said the authority’s civil enforcement team was stepping up patrols in the area to tackle the problem.

“We are also in contact with Poowatch, a local community group which recruits volunteers to spray brightly coloured stencils in affected areas.”

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