HAWSKER schoolchildren have been using their creative talents to raise awareness of dog fouling on the old railway line.
Children from Hawsker cum Stainsacre C of E Primary School have designed posters to encourage people to clean up after their pets, especially on the footpath where many children play.
Caroline Longden, Hawsker cum Stainsacre Parish Council clerk (at the time of the competition), said: “We were pleased that the children recognised dog mess on the old railway line is a problem which needs addressing and we are delighted to help them as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce dog fouling in the area.
“We were very impressed at the different ideas they came up with to get the message across and look forward to seeing the posters on display.”
Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) and Hawsker parish council launched the poster competition in a bid to encourage people to clean up after their dogs, with the winning designs being laminated and put up along the disused railway line in Hawsker.
Graham Hibberd, SBC’s senior dog warden, attended the schoolchildren’s assembly and chatted with the pupils about ways in which they could help remind people about cleaning up after their dogs.
He said: “Not only is dog faeces unpleasant, it can also transmit disease to other dogs and humans, so it’s very important that owners act responsibly.
“I hope that people take note of the children’s posters and do their bit to help keep our borough clean and safe, by ensuring that they pick up their dog’s faeces and dispose of it in an appropriate manner.
“Our department is vigorously enforcing dog fouling legislation, a number of offenders have recently appeared or are pending appearance by way of summons at the Magistrates’ Court, where large fines have been imposed.”
SBC has produced a booklet for dog owners full of useful information and contact details for local services and is available on the council’s website at www.scarborough.gov.uk.