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Explore the ‘Walk This Way’ route in Crosby Coastal Park to help reduce dog fouling and littering

As Love Parks Week continues, Sefton Council is joining forces with Keep Britain Tidy to call on dog owners across the city to bag and bin their dog’s litter. As part of this new measures are being introduced at Crosby Seafront to help reduce dog fouling and littering.

Sefton Council’s Green Sefton service has teamed up with Britain’s largest canine charity, the Dogs Trust, to draw up a series of dog-friendly walking routes at Crosby Coastal Park.

Two dogs in a park on leadsNew maps have been installed at Hall Road in the north of the Park and by the south end of the Marine Lake showing suggested routes and highlight the position of ‘poo bins’ for dog owners. This is part of the Trust’s national Walk This Way programme.

Also, the bins have been marked with “Bag that poo” stickers and helpful arrow signs highlighting the possible routes a dog walker could take around this open site.

The Park is one of the most popular sites along the coast, and home to Antony Gormley’s globally famous “Another Place” art installation.

While many dog owners visit the coast responsibly and clean up after their dogs, dog mess can still be an issue on many sites. As a result of Sefton Council’s recently-reintroduced Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on dog control people not picking after their pets can find themselves receiving a fixed penalty notice or fine.

The Order includes dog littering such as leaving poo bags behind, which is something more than one in ten dog owners admit to doing.

Crosby Coastal Park is one of 6 new sites participating in the Dogs Trust’s national Walk This Way programme, which is now in its third year. The Trust works with Keep Britain Tidy and local Councils to help keep public spaces clean from dog mess.

Green Sefton walk along Crosby beach

Cllr Ian Moncur Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:

“Crosby Coastal Park, which is home to Antony Gormley’s globally famous “Another Place” art installation, is one the most popular sites along Sefton’s 22-mile nature coast.

“By introducing the new Walk This Way dog walking routes around the park and highlighting the locations of bins, we want to make it easier for dog owners to work with us to keep it a beautiful spot for visitors and local residents.

“We appreciate that most dog owners are responsible and do clear up after their pets but for those who aren’t, we do have a PSPO in place and we will take action against them.”

Michelle Moat, Community Education & Engagement Officer at Dogs Trust, said:

“Walking a dog is a wonderful pastime with many health benefits for both owner and pooch.

“However, part of being a responsible dog owner is ensuring you pick up after your dog and suitably dispose of the waste. Previous interventions have shown that by having more bins available, clearer signposting and messaging that ‘Any Bin Will Do’ has dramatically improved the surrounding areas.

“We are excited by the potential of our Walk This Way routes and can’t wait to see the improvements it will make. Hopefully it will be a long-term change to the area and make the space more enjoyable for everyone.”

People can find out about Sefton Council’s Coastal and Visitor Areas Public Space at www.sefton.gov.uk/CoastalPSPO.