Blackpool Council has set up dog poo patrols to tackle the prevalent issue of fouling and ensure dogs are kept on leads.

The complaints have been in such vast numbers that the council told residents living near Marton Mere that they would be now setting up local patrols and will issue £100 fines to anyone they see not discarding their dog’s mess.

The letter from Blackpool Dog Warden Services warns that the fixed penalty will be issued to anyone who has left their dog unleashed in an alleyway or on a public highway.

Phil Davidson, a sales and marketing manager who lives in the area said to LancsLive: “ The problem has got worse over the last 12 months. Dog fouling on my street is a regular daily occurrence. I live close to Lawson's Field and the entrance to Marton Mere which dog owners use for exercise.

“All the streets leading down to there are covered in dog poo. Last week I had a very large one in my driveway. I have now installed CCTV to try to identify the culprits. I had a letter and leaflet posted through my door from the council.

"I would be happier to see some wardens around. People named and shamed the threat of fines was okay but people need to see this being followed through.”

Another resident, Imogen Rogers, who works as a carer, said to LancsLive: “It's very bad, the street we live on, there's mess every metre. It's usually outside my house, several times a week too.

“My youngest son is disabled and going for exercise is essential to keep him active and healthy but it's like a minefield that sometimes we have resorted to walking on the road.

“The council seems to be slowly getting round to the areas that need attention starting near Wordsworth Avenue near to Stanley school which isn't too far from me.

“I've emailed the dog warden recently too but I haven't witnessed anyone from either the council or the wardens coming to patrol or drive around our area.

As part of the crackdown, the council ask that should any resident witness such dog fouling they report them either via their website.

John Blackledge, Blackpool Council's Director of Community and Environmental Services, said: "We take the issue of dog fouling extremely seriously and, where possible, always try to pursue any irresponsible dog owners to hold them to account.

"We want to make it as easy as possible for residents to report dog fouling – they can do so via a form on our website, which offers people the chance to identify where instances of dog fouling occur.

"This allows our teams to target specific problem areas, in addition to routine year-round work which targets different locations throughout the year. As a result, we inform residents when increased patrols are taking place in their area.

"There is absolutely no excuse for dog fouling and we and encourage residents to report it by visiting www.blackpool.gov.uk/DogFouling

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