Spelthorne spells it out: No Messin’ from now on

Stan­well: Sten­cil mes­sage warns dog own­ers: Pick it up or pay up

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS - By Natasha Sal­mon

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.

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