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Supporters of the Keep Cromer Clean campaign on Cromer Pier with stickers advertising where dog-poo bags are available in the town. Town councillors Scott Eastwood and Jen Emery are far right. Picture: SUBMITTED
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Free dog-poo bags are being offered to shops and other businesses in Cromer in a bid to rid the town of a smelly, dirty and growing problem.
The initiative is part of a newly-launched Keep Cromer Clean campaign which aims to encourage people to clean up after their dogs.
Participating businesses will display red stickers in their windows letting pet owners know that they can pop in for a free bag.
The bags and stickers have been funded by the North Norfolk Labour Party which says the campaign is non political.
It is being rolled out across Cromer and surrounding villages by town councillors Jen Emery and Scott Eastwood.
A spokesman said that although most dog owners did clean up after their dogs, there was a small minority who did not, and who made life unpleasant for everyone else.
“The results can be seen in the streets where children walk to school, alleyways and open spaces of the town, and along the promenade.”
Matthew Ansell, box office manager at Cromer Pavilion Theatre, applauded the initiative which he hoped would keep the town clean for both residents and the thousands of annual tourists.
He added: “If every dog owner obeyed the dog fouling laws then this would alleviate the pressure on an already over-stretched street cleansing department.”
Jen Emery, Cromer’s newest town councillor, said anyone living in Cromer would have noticed how bad the dog-fouling problem was in the town.
“It’s getting worse and is an unpleasant health hazard, as well as giving a bad impression of the town to visitors,” she added.
“People rightly feel strongly that something needs to be done about it. The Keep Cromer Clean campaign helps people who have been caught-short with their dog. It will hopefully also remind people that leaving their dog’s mess behind is unacceptable.”
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