The amount of dog mess on the streets of Alderley Edge is a disgrace.
I realise the problem is caused by a minority of dog owners but what is wrong with these people?, why do they think it is acceptable to leave this mess on the pavements?
In October we published an article Council vows to get tough on dog fouling but it doesn't seem to have made any difference in the village, infact the problem appears to be worse than ever.
I walk my daughters to and from school, and every day we have to avoid dog mess on route, it has become a daily challenge and has been particularly difficult to avoid recently down London Road, between the park and girl's school, and down Brook Lane because of the frequency of it on the pavements.
On Tuesday my mother-in-law stepped in some dog mess and last week a little girl in my daughter's class trod dog mess all around the classroom, which must have been particularly unpleasant.
Ironically, having drafted this article yesterday lunchtime, both my daughters came home from school, having been under grandad's watch, with dog mess on their shoes. The only saving grace is we noticed it before they stepped inside but I really resent having to clean it off because some dog owners are too selfish to pick up after their pets.
When we have visitors they regularly comment on the amount of dog mess in what is reported to be one of the most sought-after places to live in the UK.
One regular visitor contacted alderleyedge.com last month about this probem.
Patricia Wongsam said "I am extremely disappointed that, unlike others areas I visit regularly, there is no provision for dog waste and an encouragement for dog owners to collect their dogs waste and bin it.
"Over the last few days I have had to clean the pushchair wheels 3 times, and my shoes and the baby's wellingtons because of the amount of dog waste on your pavements.
"I am quite astounded at the amount of waste spreading over your streets. Surely your Council has to address this problem as you are way behind other areas, in my opinion."
It is illegal to fail to clear up after your dog if it fouls on any land which is open to the air and to which the public has access. The penalty for contravening the act is a £50 fixed penalty fine.
Back in October Cheshire East Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: "We will not hesitate to issue fixed penalty notices of £50 as part of tough action against irresponsible owners".
Clearly fixed penalties and the "tough action" are not an effective deterrent in Alderley Edge. Possibly due to a lack of enforcement, or maybe because £50 is not a sufficient amount.
A number of other local authorities around the country already have a higher penalty fee of £75 and one frustrated council in Lancashire recently asked the government to consider changing the law so that it could issue fines of £1,000. Perhaps Cheshire East should follow suit.
I contacted Cheshire East Council yesterday, even before my girls came home with their shoes caked in dog mess, to ask how many times the Community Wardens have visited Alderley Edge in the past 12 months and how many fixed penalty notices have been issued here. I'll let you know the response.
What do you think about the dog fouling on the pavements of Alderley Edge? Is it just me, or do others consider it to be a big problem in the village?
Do you think the fixed penalty should be increased or do you have any other ideas for tackling this problem?
Share your opinion in the comments below.