YOUNGSTERS were out with spray paint to highlight the latest project to fight dog fouling.
Poo Watch is Sunderland’s newest anti-dog fouling scheme and this week saw schoolchildren come together at Elba Park, Fence Houses, to raise awareness of the problem.
We’ve got some fantastic outdoor spaces in the Coalfield area, and we want as many people to use them as possible, without the worry of dog mess spoiling their enjoyment.Councillor John Scott
Funded by Sunderland City Council’s Strategic Initiative Budget, and delivered in partnership with Groundwork North East and Cumbria, the project is a community campaign aimed at tackling dog fouling, by spreading positive messages and information on how to correctly dispose of dog poo.
Workshops have been delivered in schools by Groundwork staff to more than 200 children, and two spraying events took place at Elba Park, where poo is sprayed with orange paint to highlight the scale of the problem.
All poo is then removed from the site.
Children helped design a template which is used to spray messages on to the footpaths of the park reminding people to “pick up their poo” and to put it in the bins.
Youngsters also entered a poster competition which will be judged by councillors. The winning one will be put on display in the community.
The posters include information on dog fouling fines and the risks to health that dog fouling can cause.
Councillor John Scott, chairman of the Coalfield Area Committee, said: “We’ve got some fantastic outdoor spaces in the Coalfield area, and we want as many people to use them as possible, without the worry of dog mess spoiling their enjoyment.
“This project is a great idea to raise awareness of the issue and let people know that we’re serious about solving this problem.
“Hopefully, those who don’t already, start to pick up after their dogs.”
Claire Hutchinson from Groundwork, said: “Dog fouling is one of those issues that is really important to people and the project has received a lot of support.
“As well as the school workshops, patrols have been carried out at local dog fouling hot spots, where bags have been handed out and anti-dog fouling signs displayed.”