Spray paint plan to defeat dog fouling

Anti-dog fouling paint is being used in Blackpool to warn dog owners
Anti-dog fouling paint is being used in Blackpool to warn dog owners
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Spray painting dog mess is just one of the ideas Wyre Council is considering as part of an action plan to tackle dog fouling.

The proposed action plan follows the last two Life in Wyre surveys where residents reported significant concern about dog fouling and irresponsible dog owners – 51 per cent in 2014 and 48 per cent in 2012.

One of the suggestions is to spray dog mess, return the following week to see if any new deposits have been left - which would be sprayed a different colour – and then clean the area up in the third week.

The idea could be carried out at locations including the coastal path and the Promenade.

Martin Hunns, owner of The Carousel Cafe in Cleveleys, said: “Dog fouling has been an on-going problem.

“People who have dogs should respect others and pick up what they leave behind.

“But I’m not sure spraying the dog foul is a good idea.

“It would get the message across, but it would put holidaymakers off to see big painted blobs on the ground.”

The dog fouling report by Wyre Council’s head of operations Mark Billington also suggests a ‘Design a Sign’ competition with a youth group or local schools, delivering postcards in hotspots areas, school talks to promote responsible dog ownership and community chipping events.

Other ideas include new signs for the Promenade and parks, overhead goal post banners in partnership with football teams and floor stencils to convey anti-fouling messages.

Between April and December 2014, around 242 complaints were recorded about dog fouling through Wyre Council’s contact centre or via the online forms – although the council states this may not be a true reflection of the situation, as some comments are made informally.

The report states: “Dog fouling is unacceptable within our community.

“The plan recognises that we need to raise awareness of the issue and get everyone to start taking responsibility, not just dog walkers.”

In 2012, Wyre adopted a dog control order, stating any person in control of a dog must clean up after the dog or dogs they are in charge of.

Anyone found breaking this order could receive a fixed penalty notice from an authorised officer of £75.

A spokesman for Wyre Council said the ideas in the action plan will be reviewed after Monday’s scrutiny and overview committee meeting.

Any necessary amendments to the action plan will then be made before the proposals are rolled out.