A paint spraying campaign to tackle dog fouling has enjoyed repeat success, with the problem halved across the areas taking part for a second year running.
Daventry District Council’s Paint Means Poo initiative sees volunteers visit their local dog fouling hotspots every week over a six-week period, spraying any mess they find with orange paint and recording the results.
A total of 34 communities across Daventry District took part in the latest initiative in September/October last year. The 28 who returned their results charted a 51% reduction in the amount of dog fouling found over the period, from a total of 288 in the first week to 140 in week six.
It is the second year running the scheme has seen positive results – incidents of dog fouling fell from 343 to 157 across the 24 areas that took part in the same period in 2016.
As well as a range of parish councils and residents’ groups across the district, the latest campaign was supported by the Canal and River Trust, who helped promote the campaign on towpaths, and Daventry’s Pets at Home store, which ran a free poo bag giveaway.
Stickers reminding dog owners that they can put poo bags in normal litter bins – not just the dedicated dog waste bins - were produced during the campaign and will now be made available to parishes District-wide after proving successful.
The campaign also allowed the Council to identify a number of hotspot areas which can now be targeted for patrols by its Dog Wardens.
Councillor Richard Auger, Health and Housing Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council said: “We would like to thank everyone who put time and effort into supporting this initiative, which has delivered another positive set of results.
“As well as reducing the problem, volunteer initiatives such as this help reinforce the message to irresponsible dog owners that failing to clear up after your dog is antisocial and unacceptable and will not be tolerated it in our communities.”
For more information about the campaign visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/dogfouling