Council crackdown on fouling

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A PARISH council is cracking down on dog fouling by spray-painting any mess that is not cleaned up.

Steyning Parish Council is organising the campaign against dog fouling on pavements, in play areas and on rural paths in the town.

The campaign will run from Saturday, September 27, for two weeks.

A team of volunteers will mark any dog fouling seen with brightly-coloured biodegradable marker spray to highlight the extent of the problem.

Clerk Sue Booth said hopefully the campaign would shame repeat offenders into changing their behaviour.

“Slough Borough Council found that spray painting dog mess resulted in a 72 per cent reduction in fouling in their parks, so we are hoping for similar success,” she said.

Dog faeces can cause blindness in children and other health problems, and owners can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to clear up after their pets.

In addition the number of fouls marked will be counted and monitored so the council can understand where the worst problems are across the town and consider additional measures such as putting up signs.

Residents are encouraged to report any owner who does not clear up after their dog to the neighbourhood wardens by calling 07734 387889 or 07734 387888.