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Glow in the dark posters to tackle fight against dog poo

Glow in the dark posters to tackle fight against dog poo

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:30am 23rd February 2020. (Updated at 7:52am 23rd February 2020)

Glow in the dark posters are the new weapon in Cornwall's fight against dog poo.

They are going up from Torpoint to Penzance, warning owners: "we're watching."

One in ten owners does not bother picking up after their pet.

Last year 84 fines were handed out in the Duchy as a result.

The new posters are a joint effort by Cornwall Council and Keep Britain Tidy. The focus is a pair of piercing eyes that actually glow in the dark. 

Officials say their "We're watching you" message has been proven to cut dog fouling on pavements, parks, paths, playgrounds and other public spaces.      

They insist two thousand patrols have been carried out since 2016, with town and parish councils receiving training in reporting incidents.

"Dog poo is unsightly, it’s a nuisance, and it’s a health hazard. 90% of dog owners take the responsible approach, and go on dog walks equipped to clean up.

"But on these dark winter evenings some unscrupulous people think they don’t need to take the trouble, as they think they won’t be observed. Not so! Now our luminous eyes posters should make them think twice. If reported they could face a £100 fixed penalty, or prosecution with a maximum fine of £1000.

"This summer we are extending the months when dogs can be walked on beaches, so more than ever we need to adopt a no-tolerance approach to dog mess. No excuses, everyone must come up to the standard of the responsible majority of dog owners."

Cornwall Council' s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, Rob Nolan

dog poo poster

It seems the pupils of Lanner School near Redruth agree with Cllr Nolan. Lanner is one of a dozen dog-walking ‘hot spots’ where Cornwall Council is testing the campaign.

Among comments from the young audience: "I think it’s the owners’ fault because the dogs can’t pick up their own poo!” “Can you please pick up your dog’s poo because if it gets in children’s eyes it can make them blind."

The campaign is credited with reducing dog fouling by up to 75% in Portsmouth and other places, according to a Keep Britain Tidy report. 

If it proves effective in the twelve test sites Cornwall Council will look at rolling it out more widely, providing signs and monitoring forms to more town and parish councils and also to interested community groups.

Keep your eyes open for the "We’re watching you" campaign in the following pilot areas: Torpoint, Chacewater, Lanner, Launceston, Newquay, Camborne, Saltash, St Austell, Tywardreath/Par, Falmouth, St Blaise, Penzance.

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