Clean-up proves a winner

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AN EFFORT to get dog walkers to have consideration for others who use their walking routes has been declared a success.

The Green Dog Walkers scheme has been operating in the Chester-le-Street area of County Durham since May.

By November ,163 people had signed up to the scheme, which is free to join and is aimed at ensuring all dog walkers clean up after their pets while they are out on the streets and using pathways on public land.

Durham County Council is now calling on more dog owners to join the scheme, which also operates in Derwentside, and help keep streets and parks clean and pleasant for everyone.

Green dog walkers wear a recognisable armbands or wristband when they are walking their dog to show that they pick up after their pets.

Members also carry extra dog waste bags which other people can use if they do not have their own, with those who have already signed up for it praising the initiative.

The scheme is co-ordinated by the council’s civic pride team and funded by Chester-le-Street and Derwent Valley Area Action Partnerships.

More information about the scheme and how to get involved people is available from the council’s civic pride team on 01207 218 654.

Further information can be found via www.durham.gov.uk/greendogwalkers