Selsey children taking action to highlight dog fouling problem

SELSEY children have been taking action over dog fouling by designing their own signs to highlight the problem locally.

Year 6 pupils from Seal Primary Academy’s Eagle Eyes Club and Medmerry Primary School have been working with Chichester District Council’s dog control officers and Selsey Town Council to produce the 
colourful signs.

Two designs have been chosen to be turned into street signs. The winners were Sophie Sargeant, from Seal Primary Academy, and Jasmine Strange, from Medmerry Primary School. The signs will go up in Selsey over the school summer holidays.

Cllr John Connor, district council cabinet member for the environment, said the children came up with some wonderful designs to highlight an anti-social behaviour.

“Dog fouling is a very unpleasant problem but with the children’s help I hope these signs will raise awareness of the issue and persuade those responsible to clean up after their dogs,” he added.

Dog warden Viv Magrath recently visited the schools to reveal that Sophie and Jasmine’s winning designs would be turned into posters.

She said: “By involving those in the community who are affected the council hopes it will send a message to irresponsible dog owners.”

Selsey town clerk Gill Jennings said: “When the dog warden, Viv, came up with the idea of running a poster competition with the local schools and for the winner to have their poster made into a street sign, the town council thought it was a great idea.

“The council hopes that the children’s signs can help alleviate what is not only socially unacceptable behaviour but can also be dangerous to children.”

Failing to clear up after a dog is a criminal offence and offenders could face an on-the-spot fine of £75.

To report problems with dog fouling or provide details of offenders, call 01243 534734 or out of hours on 01243 785166.