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Parents campaign for dog mess clear-up

PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

THEY say where there's muck there's money - and in this case it's being spent on clearing it up.

For parents are protesting about the state of the pavements en route to a Felixstowe school, which they say are littered with disgusting dog mess.

THEY say where there's muck there's money – and in this case it's being spent on clearing it up.

For parents are protesting about the state of the pavements en route to a Felixstowe school, which they say are littered with disgusting dog mess.

They claim their children end up with the muck on their shoes, which then gets onto school carpets and then onto clothes.

Council officials have been called in to clean the mess up in Maidstone Road – paid for by council taxpayers – and are also taking other action to try to make irresponsible dog owners aware of the problems and upset they are causing.

Mum-of-three Tina Snell said the dog mess was absolutely horrible and spread over such a large area that people had to walk in the busy road to avoid it.

"It is absolutely disgusting. There seems to be fresh lots their every day and you just cannot avoid it," said Mr Snell, who lives with her husband David at The Walk, Walton.

"Lots of the mums are very upset about it and there is talk that we should get a petition together to try to get something done.

"The children stand in it and then it gets into school and onto the carpets, and then the children have to sit on the carpets to do reading and other activities. I am so worried they will get it on their hands and then accidently rub their eyes.

"I came along there with the pram and my three children and there was no way we could get along the path without going through it, so we had to go between the cars and walk along in the road and then back onto the pavement where it was clear."

Mrs Snell, who has children Shannon, six, Ben, four, and George, two, said she had asked the council if a camera could be put up to catch the culprits but was told this was too expensive. But officials said if someone could provide evidence of the offender, then a prosecution could be carried out.

A council spokesman said: "Mrs Snell's call to our environmental health office on Monday morning was the first report we had received of a problem with dog mess in Maidstone Road.

"Our cleaners removed the mess that day, and an officer was due to visit the road on Wednesday to identify a suitable site where a dog bin can be installed.

"We also put up a series of signs along the road asking dog owners to be more responsible.

"We hope that this article will also spark a change in the behaviour of those people who let their dogs foul the pavements without any thought or care for other local residents."

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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