TWO councillors have moved to help make a popular Wigan wood a cleaner place.
They are hoping that dog walkers will get the message to clean up after their pets after a new dispenser of poop scoop bags was installed in Bottling Wood.
It is packed with free bags for walkers to use when their dogs foul so that the wood is still a great place for people without dogs to visit.
Wigan Central councillors George Davies and Lawrence Hunt have teamed up to add the facility to the Wood in a bid to cut dog fouling.
They say they were forced to act after being inundated with complaints from local residents who were sick of seeing people fail to clean up after their pets whilst out walking in the wood.
Coun Hunt said: “This dispenser is a very important asset for our community and environment and we urge all residents to use the dispenser with honesty and share the bags so that each one can enjoy their walks with their dogs in a pleasant environment.”
Coun Davies echoed those thoughts, urging residents to be courteous to others.
He said: “We feel very strongly for a much better and cleaner environment and we thank many of our dog walkers who do clean up after their dogs.
“This dispencer will allow access to a pick up point for which everyone can share.
“But again, we ask every dog owner, if you feed your dog then please clean your dog. It’s good for you and your pet and it’s good for the countryside and the environment.”
However, the pair are urging users to be selfless in the use of the bags - by just using them when they are needed rather than taking a number for use at another time.
Coun Hunt added: “Unfortunately, there have been instances of the bags being taken in bulk, consequently leaving none for others.
“We urge people to think before they take some and to ensure they don’t take more than their fair share.
“The dispenser is there for everybody’s use after all and with as many bags available as possible, it means that the pathways can be kept as clean as we want them to be.”
Wigan Council itself launched an anti-fouling campaign in schools in a bid to encourage young pet owners to pass on the message to their parents about responsible dog ownership.