Bright idea illuminates problem of dog fouling

Coun Paul Wharton with his dog Fudge at Farington Park
Coun Paul Wharton with his dog Fudge at Farington Park
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The latest weapon in Leyland’s battle to tackle dog fouling has been revealed - bright yellow paint.

Parish councillors in Farington in Leyland are taking to the streets armed with luminous spray paint, which they are daubing on piles of dog mess to highlight ongoing problems.

The council had previously used stencils to paint warning messages in fouling hotspots but have gone a step further to tackle muck in the areas worst affected.

More than 70 ‘deposits’ were sprayed yellow in one visit.

Parish councillor Paul Wharton, who championed the idea, said: “We were talking about how to highlight the issue generally, and from that we ended up thinking about literally highlighting theproblem.

“It stems from the stencils which we started rolling out a couple of months ago, and it definitely seems to be making a difference.

“I walk my dog in Farington Park and there seems to be less muck there now.

“With the new idea, it’s more about letting the irresponsible dog owners know that we are taking action, but it also helps pedestrians to avoid standing in it.”

He added: “The idea is that it’s left there with the paint on for a couple of days, and then South Ribble Council will come and clean it up.

“We’ll only know how it goes once we try it, but we got some positive responses from members of the public when we discussed it at our parish council meeting.”

The spray paint, which dissolves after a short time, is being used in Farington as a trial, and the initiative could be rolled out across Leyland and South Ribble if it has a positive effect, the council has said.

Coun Mike Otter, who is a parish and borough councillor for Farington, said: “I went out recently to see how much of a problem it was, and on the residential streets between Lydiate Lane and Stanifield Lane, I came across 72 deposits.

“It is a very big issue. When I looked back at one of the streets I’d covered, it really hit me how bad of a problem it is.

“The paint really served the purpose of making people aware of the issue. It looked like a load of chicanes on the pavement; showing people where to weave in and out to avoid the mess.”

He added: “Three dog walkers stopped me to ask what I was doing, and when I told them, they said ‘every credit’ and that they hope it works.

“They said that fouling gives all dog owners a bad name.”