A village in Stafford Borough has joined the battle against dog poo - just as another has announced early success in its campaign to be rid of the environmental crime.
Hixon is now fighting back against irresponsible owners who don’t clean up after their pets.
The initiative follows successful campaigns in various villages which have been run with Stafford Borough Council.
Hixon joined forces with the borough council this month to target dog fouling hot spots. Signs have been put up, flyers distributed and free dog poo bags have been made available.
And Hixon teaming up with the council comes hot on the heels of the news that instances of dog poo not cleaned up in Barlaston has more than halved - only one month after their campaign began.
Parish Councillor Mick Kelly, who is supporting the campaign, said: “We have heard how successful this campaign has been in other areas across the borough. Hixon is a lovely village and we are determined to keep it that way.
“Owners of dogs in Hixon are very responsible but there is an inconsiderate few and this scheme is aimed at making sure everyone picks up after their pet.”
Dog fouling in villages such as Gnosall and Weston have also reduced significantly following similar campaigns working with the borough council.
The council has issued a number of fines throughout Stafford and surrounding towns and villages, and has taken dog owners to court as part of a long running zero-tolerance campaign against people not cleaning up after their pets.
Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health at the borough council, said: “It is great to see another community coming on board our campaign doing its bit to try and rid the village of this disgusting problem.
“There’s no doubt the work we are all doing has made a huge impact in reducing the number of people who do not clean up after their dogs. It is fantastic that Barlaston has already reduced the incidents by more than 60% in the first month.”
He added: “We have seen the damage this problem can cause to young children and how anyone can ignore that is beyond me.
“All dog owners have to do is bag it, pick it up and put it in a bin - and that can be any public rubbish bin.”
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to give information in confidence about people who do not clean up after their dogs or call 01785 619402. Further details can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/dogs
Press Release 5418