Love Stevenage this Valentine’s Day

09 Feb 2015

Pupils from Martins Wood Primary School are spreading the Love Stevenage message for Valentine’s Day.

The youngsters want people to love their local area, keep it clean and tidy, and clean up after their dogs. Martins Wood pupils asked the council if they could help reduce the amount of dog poo being left in the footpath by their school. In response, council officers decided to focus on the area during its recent ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign. Glow-in-the-dark posters encouraging people to bag and bin their dog poo went up nearby and, three months later, the poo levels have dropped.

Councillor John Gardner, Executive member for Environment and Regeneration, said, “I’d like to thank the children at Martins Wood for helping raise such an important issue – clearly they love their local community and it’s great that they’ve been able to spread that love a bit wider.

“We also rolled out the We’re Watching You campaign in two other hotspots in Stevenage and have seen similar successes there. Our street cleaners spend a lot of time cleaning up after irresponsible dog walkers and we work hard to try and address the problem. Like the Martins Wood pupils, the council want Stevenage residents to love and respect their town. Everyone can play their part in making Stevenage a great place to be.”

It is the responsibility of the dog owner or the person in charge of the dog to clear up any dog mess. If you fail to clean up after your dog you can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50, if the case goes to court, a fine of up to £1,000 could be applied. You can report dog fouling online at www.stevenage.gov.uk or by calling 0800 136661.

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