YOUNGSTERS at a village primary school are getting behind a new campaign to cut out dog mess in the Daventry district.
New dog control orders come into force today (Thursday) which will urge owners to keep a closer eye on their pets.
The new rules state owners must clean up when their dog has fouled, put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by a council officer and exclude their dogs from enclosed or fenced off children’s playgrounds. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
After taking part in a community day around the village, Year One and Two pupils from Woodford Halse Primary School discovered that dog fouling is a problem in a village.
So they have now designed posters which will be published in the school newsletter.
Headteacher at the school Mike Wills said: “It’s a good project for our pupils to be involved in because they are the next generation of dog walkers and it will educate them to clean up after their pets.
“They designed lots of posters and information reminding people to clean up after their dogs which will go in the school newsletter for their mums and dads to read.”
Earlier this year Daventry District Council (DDC) held a public consultation to find out from members of the public what dog control powers should be introduced locally to comply with the new dog control powers that had been introduced nationally.
Cllr Daniel Cribbin, portfolio holder for the environment at DDC, said: “This will give us greater power to enforce the control of dogs, such as directing owners of dogs that are known to be dangerous to keep them on their leads.
“It also excludes dogs from fenced off children’s play areas and requires owners to clean up after their dog has fouled, so we hope it will make the district cleaner and safer.”