Dog poo slalom for children walking to school
Officers from Boston Borough Council investigating complaints about dog mess left on a school route pathway in Wyberton were appalled to discover 43 piles of faeces.
Dog owners are being urged to clean up after their pets after a high-profile campaign was launched to alert them to the problem they are leaving behind.
The council's environmental enforcement team highlighted every single pile of dog poo with highly-visible fluorescent pink chalk-based spray and also sprayed no dog fouling signs on the path and grass at intervals to reinforce the shaming message. Some of the mess had signs of having being stepped in.
Becky sprays the piles of poo pink
Cllr Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste services and street cleansing, said: "It is depressing when we have to deal with incidents such as this. This is a heavily-used path between Tytton Lane and Saundergate Lane alongside the A16, and parents use it to safely walk their children to and from Wyberton Primary School. It is narrow and inevitably some children will have to walk on the grass alongside the path, especially if parents have other children in a pushchair.
"It is shocking to think that irresponsible dog owners have failed to clean up after their pets knowing full well that small children also use this path. Apart from the distasteful aspect of having to deal with children who have trodden in dog mess it also presents a serious health hazard - a real risk to eyesight damage, especially in children."
The pink sprayed poo will be left for a few days to act as a guilty reminder to offending dog owners before a borough council team clean it all away.
Council grounds staff are sometimes sprayed with dog excrement when strimming and mowing where it has been left undetected.
Dwaine and Rebecca Dawson were pushing their son Dante (3) along the path in his pushchair when the environmental enforcement team arrived.
Dwaine said: "We use the path almost every day. It is really badly fouled near the sports field end. I have seen some dog owners cleaning up after their pets. It doesn't seem to be a difficult thing to do. But I have also seen others walking on without cleaning up, even when children have been passing by. We have had to clean it off the buggy wheels and out of our shoes.
"I think the council is doing the right thing. But there are fresh deposits every day. It is a never-ending task."
Rebecca added: "Some of the dog owners have their own children with them. They must be aware of the health risks. They just need to be responsible."
Harold Everitt (85) was walking his dog Rupert and pleased to show he had come out equipped with dog poo bags.
"I always clean up, and others should do the same. If I can do it they can. It's not difficult and it's the right thing to do."
Harold and Rupert on their daily walk - Ron cleans it up ready to place into the next poo bin he sees
Ron Cooke was walking his rescue greyhounds Mungo and Bonny. He had already used two dog poo bags and said: "It's the responsibility of all dog owners. It's not a nice thing to do, but you can do it easily and safely."
Renee Moses uses the path in her mobility scooter to get to the shops. She said: "I try to drive round it or straddle it but sometimes it gets on my wheels and then travels in wherever I go. It's not nice. I have seen one dog owner clean it up and then throw it into a field and another hang a poo bag on railings.
Renee on her way to the shops - heres a poo bin "so please use it"
"I don't know what more the council can do. I hope this helps. It should shame them into doing what's right."
There are bins for disposal of properly bagged dog poo along the path. Free rolls of dog poo bags are available from the borough council and from the Spar shop at Parthian Avenue, Wyberton, and the Post Office, Granville Avenue, Wyberton.