Posters urge dog owners to pick up after their pet

Pupils from Gayton Primary School have designed posters to help reducing dog fouling in the village

Pupils from Gayton Primary School have designed posters to help reducing dog fouling in the village - Competiton winners from left, Ava Black, Amy Littler, Joshua Fysh and Hannah Howes with their designs. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Children have designed posters to get dog owners to pick up after their pets in a west Norfolk village.

As part of a joint initiative involving the council, the community and the primary school, the posters will now be displayed in the village.

Gayton Primary School headteacher Rachael Greenhalgh said: 'Children were treading on dog poo on the pavement on the way to school and bringing it in on their shoes.

'Getting the children involved in the project has made it more powerful in the community. There were 60 entries and four winners. The winning posters will be printed in leaflets which the children will take home.' The campaign also involved the display of notices and information around the village identifying the location of dog waste bins, and a series of patrols in known trouble spots at different times of the day.

Brian Long, West Norfolk Council's cabinet member for environment, said: 'Our approach is to make people aware that our officers could be anywhere at any time to catch dog owners not picking up after their dog, but also to get the community more involved so that the issue is, to a certain extent, highlighted and then self-policed.'

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As part of the campaign people in Gayton have been urged to report any issues to the council, which can issue a fixed penalty notice of £75.

Any dog fouling issues can be reported at Search for dog fouling and complete the online form.

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