Councils unite for week-long clampdown
COUNCILS on Merseyside are taking
a no-nonsense approach to dog fouling with their latest campaign to
rid the area of the problem for good.
Starting this week, eye-catching posters produced by Keep Britain
Tidy will be seen around the region, with the strapline There is no
such thing as the dog poo fairy...
Councils in Merseyside want to remind dog owners that it is their
responsibility to pick up after their pets.
Wardens across Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and St.Helens
will be out in force issuing free dog bags to owners without them as
well as up to £75.00 on-the-spot fines to those seen leaving dog
mess on the ground.
The campaign is a result of ongoing work between the councils and
The Regenda Group, Vicinity and Arena Housing Group, known
collectively as the Merseyside Cleaner Greener Partnership (MCSGP).
For several years the partnership has campaigned to bring about
positive change, that will rid neighbourhoods of litter, graffiti,
fly-tipping and now dog fouling.
The push is connected to Keep Britain Tidys national dog fouling
campaign that ran last month and highlighted the case of Aimee
Langdon who lost 75% sight in one eye after falling onto dog mess in
her local park.
More than 90 councils supported that campaign, including Liverpool
and Wirral and now it is being spread out to the rest of the region
with the message that bagged dog mess can be placed in any bin.
Phil Barton from Keep Britain Tidy said:- "Removing dog
fouling from our streets is costly and time consuming for councils,
by taking a united approach, authorities in Merseyside are showing
that they are serious about ending this problem for good."
Light Show for Chinese Arch
A new £25,000 feature lighting
scheme, which will dramatically improve the way the Arch is
illuminated, will be switched on this week.
The new lighting scheme provides a colour wash over the Arch and
colour change on the front face. Additional lights will highlight
the dragons at the base of the Arch. The colour change sequence and
times have been agreed in consultation with the Chinese community
who have been very enthusiastic about the new-look for the Arch.
A new column with low energy light fixings has been put in as part
of the scheme.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and
transport, said:- “This scheme for the Chinese Arch is part of
our feature lighting programme for significant buildings in the
city. It has given a new image to our city centre and provides an
extra dimension to our architecture. This new scheme will make the
Chinese Arch even more attractive and give a welcome boost to the
“The Chinese Arch has become one of the most striking images of
Liverpool since it was unveiled 10 years ago and the new lighting
scheme will make it even more attractive. However, the Chinese Arch
is not just about providing a landmark structure in the city. When
it opened it was said that it should be a catalyst for inward
investment and add to the confidence of the area. We now want to
build on our presence at the World Expo in Shanghai and develop
closer links between our city and China. We intend to rejuvenate
Chinatown as a key part of our drive to encourage greater links with
China and lead to more investment and the improvements to the Arch
are part of that process.” said Councillor Nick Small,
cabinet member for employment and skills.
Councillor Small, who is leading the city council’s efforts in
developing closer collaboration between Liverpool and China
following the World Expo, will switch on the new lighting scheme at
6pm on Thursday, 11 November 2010.
The Chinese Arch, in Nelson Street, opened in 2000. It is the
largest in Europe standing 13.5 metres high and has 200 hand carved