NEW maps showing ‘dog-friendly walking routes’ have been installed at Crosby Coastal Park.
The signs also show the locations of poo bins, which is hoped to reduce the amount of dog fouling in the coastal area.
They 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.
It is an initiative between Sefton Council and the Dogs Trust, in an effort to reduce dog fouling and littering.
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 six new sites participating in the Dogs Trust’s national Walk This Way programme, which is now in its third year.
Cllr Ian Moncur Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “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.”