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Waging war on dog mess by spraying it with paint

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

Pat Murray

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A COUNCILLOR is embarking on a colourful mission to highlight the problem surrounding dog mess in his home village.

Pat Murray, who lives in Midway and represents the area on Derbyshire County Council, told Hartshorne Parish Council, which covers upper Midway, that he had bought spray paint in a bid to highlight the amount of dog faeces left behind.

He told members that South Derbyshire District Council’s environmental department had handed out cards at homes, especially in Salisbury Drive, warning residents about dog fouling problems in the area and urging owners to pick up after their pets.

Councillor Murray said: “They received a card through the letter box due to dog fouling on grass verges and footpaths, so I have purchased some DayGlo paint and will be going around the area to highlight it.

“It is getting worse and that’s why people are sending the cards out.

“They do send patrols out but people usually walk their dogs early in the morning or late at night.

“I recently saw someone open their car door, the dog jumped out, did its business and got back in the car and its owner drove off.

“The problem is that people moan about it and they think they know who it is that is responsible but it is their reluctance to pass information on.”

The councillor will be using yellow spray paint on the grass verges and green on footpaths to tackle the problem, which can cause health risks.

He said: “They are not using the park or the playing fields because it is so boggy so they walk around the streets.

“I decided to paint the mess to highlight the problem, as we have a lot of people doing this. I have noticed it recently and it is absolutely a problem everywhere you go on the estate.

“Since the cards were handed out, I have noticed that it has improved but there is still mess.

“I am furious about it because I go to (county council headquarters at) Matlock at about 6.30am and don’t see the dog mess until I get in my car and it’s over my shoe and I have to sit in the meeting with the horrible smell.”

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 30 2012, 7:47AM

    I also detest dog mess and am fed up of it, I suggest people remove there shoes when they enter their homes as for the car if it is that bad where one lives leave a spare pair of shoes in the car, I have a friend who has gravel on his drive and he has cats leaving there mess, and the times he has stood in it, he regrets now putting gravel down.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 25 2012, 8:17PM

    I am a dog owner and I can not understand why people do not clear there mess up, I have bags in each of my coats just incase I take the dog out, surely all dog owners are like me? Not ALL dog owners are the same

  • Burton Mail  |  November 23 2012, 11:37AM

    Did Mr. Murray not make a note of the car number plate of the driver who let his/her dog out to do its mess?

  • Burton Mail  |  November 22 2012, 9:40AM

    Even if you did report them they only get a warning as this happened to me. A man let his dog foul outside my house I confronted hima nd asked him to pick it up as I have two children. I didn't see it fair we should dodge the dog mess just to beable to enter our home. The man agreed to come back later and collect it. He never did I saw him again with his dog a few hours later and confronted him again and said I would ring the council. He told me his name and everything and I even took a picture of him and his dog I was soo furious that these dog owners can be so irresponsible. The man from the council was brilliant and paid him a visit and gave him a warning but could do no more as he didnt actually see him letting his dog foul and walking away from it. The council came and cleared the mess up and were totally brilliant. This should not be the case though all dog owners should take responsibility for their dogs fouling. I live in woodville and feel its a brilliant idea to highlight all the mess everywhere as their is soo much!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 21 2012, 11:17PM

    Right, so a councillor is aloud to graffiti on the floor? Why is he not being arrested for criminal damage? Far too much time on his hands! If he's that bothered he's taking the time to spray it, pick it up!!

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 21 2012, 10:57PM

    I appreciate dog mess is a health hazard and a makes a horrible mess, but is spraying it with paint really the answer? One the spot fines rely on catching people doing it and the mess itself is visible enough. all we will end up with is a load of spray paint over our pavements. pick it up seems to be the only sensible solution, every coat I own seems to have dog poo bags in the pockets, but then again I am a responsible dog owner.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 21 2012, 3:46PM

    Why not just summonds the culprits' this would take more effect and it might serve more of a purpus, NAME AND SHAME IS A GOOD GAME TRY DOING IT' not spraying paint

  • Burton Mail  |  November 20 2012, 11:01PM

    The street lighting is now so poor (even turned off in some areas) that people tread in dog mess, so spraying it with bright paint will help people to see it and avoid it.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 20 2012, 8:35AM

    It's nice to see that councillors are so pre occupied with this sort of matter. Don't worry about any of the real issues you sort the dog mess out first!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 19 2012, 7:54PM

    I note from the report Cllr Murray states he watched a driver open his car door, allow his dog to get out the car,do its business, get back in and then drive off. Surely as a Disrict and County Councllor he has a moral duty and responsibility to take the car details, registration number and report the offence to the relevant authorities. Highlighting the problem with spray paint is all well and good but it will not resolve th problem, drect action will I hope it is a water based paint that he is using