Spelthorne spells it out: No Messin’ from now on
Stanwell: Stencil message warns dog owners: Pick it up or pay up
STANWELL has become the centre of an anti-dog fouling campaign in the latest bid to get thoughtless owners to clean up their act. The new initiative from Spelthorne Borough Council comes just months after a shock tactic poster featuring a child ‘eating’ dog mess went viral. The new No Messin’ campaign features a stencil fluorescent paint message sprayed onto roads particularly affected by dog owners who fail to clear up mess. The five chosen roads are Station Crescent, Cumberland Road, Hengrove Crescent, Kenilworth Road and Salcombe Road. A council spokesman said: “We are testing the use of pavement stencils that remind dog owners to ‘pick up or pay up’.
“Spelthorne council will arrange a day for all dog mess and litter to be cleared from these roads and for the stencil to be sprayed on the pavements.
“The stencils should last for approximately eight weeks and we will be monitoring the area to see if they work.
“People who fail to clean up after their dogs should be aware that we will pursue you and you could face a fine or prosecution.” Catherine Mason, who lives in Hengrove Crescent and walks her children to school, is yet to be convinced that the stencils will help. “My children attend Ashford Park School and often on the short walk to school, we notice one or two piles of mess,” she said.
“There’s a fair bit of poo here but not masses.
“I haven’t so far noticed that the stencils have made any difference but they’ve not been in place long. “I’m not overly hopeful though. Those who pick up continue to do so. Those who don’t, don’t. “Unless hefty fines are issued, there will be no change.” There have been mixed reactions to this new tack. Some have dismissed it as simply legalised graffiti or a waste of money, while others back the council’s stance, saying they would rather have pink pavements than pavements covered in dog mess.
Left, the newly-painted message spells it out to dog-owners. Above, the original poster message caused a
stir went it went viral on the internet.