The school run can often feel like running the gauntlet but for one mum-of-two, it’s lazy dog owners she has to contend more than the traffic on busy roads.
Fran Wright took up walking her daughter Robyn, seven, to school in Walton-le-Dale, to try to get some exercise and fresh air, after having baby Freddie 11 weeks ago.
However, the 39-year-old says she is fed up of dodging the dog poo littering the short stretch of footpaths between her home in the Holland House Road area and Walton-le-Dale Primary School.
She says she spotted 25 piles of mess within a one-mile area around Duddle Lane in one afternoon.
Fran has had to clean her daughter’s shoes and son’s pram wheels on several occasions after failing to negotiate the unpleasant mess littering the pavements.
She said: “They are pushing for people to walk to school and to try to get fit.
“I’ve recently had a baby and try to walk my other child to school every day, but we’re having to dodge piles of dog poo on the way.
“My daughter stood in it on the way to school and I ended up with it on my hands, trying to clean it off with tissues.
“There is regularly (dog mess) outside the school too and I know they’ve been ringing up about it.
“I’ve had to go into the road with the pram to avoid some of it.”
Dog walkers can be issued with fixed penalty fines for failing to clear up after their pets, if caught in the act by council officials. Those who fail to pay the £75 notices can be prosecuted through the courts.
Coun Peter Mullineaux, South Ribble’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “We cleaned up dog fouling in Duddle Lane as soon as we were made aware of it. We carry out regular patrols in this area, and we will be stepping up enforcement patrols to try to catch the culprits. We will also be putting up temporary signs warning irresponsible dog owners they will be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 if they are seen failing to clean up after pets.
“I would encourage residents to report any problem areas, either by ringing 01772 625625, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”