Eye-catch­ing ini­tia­tive to high­light messy prob­lem

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives - By Vicky Cas­tle

Vol­un­teers have been spray­paint­ing dog poo in bright colours to high­light the prob­lem and stop un­sus­pect­ing res­i­dents walk­ing in the mess.

The ini­tia­tive is part of a dog foul­ing cam­paign by Great Chart with Sin­gle­ton Par­ish Coun­cil.

Armed with four spray cans in vi­brant colours, Aniko Szocs, par­ish coun­cil clerk, and Joanna Watts, com­mu­nity war­den, be­gan their eye-catch­ing ini­tia­tive on Mon­day this week.

The pair have so far tack­led Sin­gle­ton Hill, Sin­gle­ton Lake, Tithe Barn Lane and the path be­hind Great Chart Pri­mary School. But they don’t want to stop there.

Aniko said: “We are hop­ing to have more vol­un­teers and cover a big­ger area. We’re go­ing to con­tinue for the rest of the week, and then again in July, and then again in Au­gust.

“We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the ar­eas and see if it does re­duce the amount of dog foul­ing in the area.

“We have four cans of spray so we could do with two more vol­un­teers!

“We are us­ing dif­fer­ent colours for dif­fer­ent ar­eas and streets.

“It was Joanna’s idea and the par­ish coun­cil sup­ported it be­cause we are of­ten told by par­ents that dog foul­ing is a big is­sue so we de­cided to do some­thing about it.

“We want to raise aware­ness of the is­sue so peo­ple ac­tu­ally pay at­ten­tion and we hope the strik­ing colours will help peo­ple re­ally no­tice the prob­lem.

“Hope­fully it will make peo­ple think twice be­fore they just leave their dog’s mess all over the pave­ment.

“It also helps some peo­ple avoid step­ping in it, so it is win-win.”

The clever plan is in­spired by a num­ber of sim­i­lar projects across the UK that have been a suc­cess.

Cam­den Coun­cil, in Lon­don, even claimed it re­sulted in a 72% re­duc­tion in dog foul­ing.

Joanna added: “This is a tem­po­rary chalk paint that dries in­stantly when sprayed and dis­ap­pears when it rains. When dry, it brushes off like chalk.

“We are bound to get some peo­ple who want to moan about it in­stead of ap­pre­ci­at­ing that we are try­ing to do some­thing pos­i­tive and to that I say any ideas on how to solve the prob­lem are wel­come.

“In the mean­time, at least you don’t have to worry about step­ping in it this week be­cause you can’t miss it.” If you would like to vol­un­teer to help with the cam­paign, con­tact Aniko at the­clerkgcwspc@gmail.com.

Com­mu­nity war­den Joanna Watts and coun­cil clerk Aniko Szocs have been spray paint­ing dog poo to high­light the prob­lem

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4372685

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