Anger over horse manure on park

Residents have expressed concern as many piles of horse poo have appeared around the fields, paths and near the playground at Leyland Park, Hindley
Residents have expressed concern as many piles of horse poo have appeared around the fields, paths and near the playground at Leyland Park, Hindley

USERS of a popular park have been left furious as horse manure has been constantly left on open spaces where children play and dog owners walk their pets.

It isn’t known exactly who the culprits are but there are now desperate appeals for action with the issue, which is blighting Hindley’s Leyland Park, showing no signs of being resolved or stopped.

Jimmy and Jean Entwistle, who own 13 dogs, are worried that the manure could harm their pets and also local children who play on the nearby park.

“They’re bringing their horses on when it’s gone dark, leaving them on there and picking them up before anyone notices in a morning,” said Mrs Entwistle.

“It’s absolutely disgusting. It’s happened before but we’ve complained about it to the council and I think they’ve more or less done their best but they can’t be there all the time.

“It’s not very nice and there are a lot of children on the park.”

As well as the potential dangers to animals and children, Mrs Entwistle is also demanding action be taken against those responsible.

As a dog owner, she knows she would be fined if she did the same and says that those with horses should face the same sanctions.

It is an offence to not clean up after animals if they foul in an open space.

Litter and dog waste bins are provided in many Wigan parks and public spaces, and owners can also put bagged dog waste in household bins.

Those who do not dispose of this waste in the correct way and are caught in the act, could receive a fixed penalty notice of £50 which could result in a fine of £1,000 if they are prosecuted or do not pay the initial fine.

“My big point is we get into trouble for a tiny bit of something when they’ve got this great big dollop and nobody is bothered,” added Mrs Entwistle.

“If a horse has been wormed within four days of a dog eating it, which is what they do, it will kill them.

“My friend has lost two dogs over the last few years in Yorkshire because she’s walked her dogs where horses have been that have been wormed.”

Local councillor Bob Brierley said: “Until Wigan Council sort out the fences to stop horses getting on, this will continue to happen.”

“The council and Wigan Leisure Culture Trust have an obligation to do this and sort it out.”