Action after dog mess campaign

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A schoolgirl’s campaign to encourage dog owners to clear up after their pets could lead to a new bin being installed.

Grace Munton-Hague, six, got so fed up with dodging dog mess on her way to school in Market Deeping she put up posters in an alley between Bramley Road and The Grove.

The posters and an article in the Mercury had an immediate effect, with a noticeable decrease in droppings.

And Grace’s campaign was picked up by Market Deeping town and South Kesteven district councillor Paul Cosham (Con).

Coun Cosham asked the town council clerk to put an item on the next amenities committee agenda asking councillors to discuss putting a new dog bin near the alley.

The idea will be debated at a meeting on March 20.

Grace’s mother Louisa Crowson was delighted action was being taken.

She said: “It’s all good that it is moving along. That will help.

“Since the story went in the paper we haven’t seen too much fouling at all. Hopefully it is not just a short term thing.

“Grace is really impressed that something is happening. She’s pleased that she is making a difference and she hopes it will continue.”

Coun Cosham said the district council was taking action alongside the town council.

He added: “Environmental health have been round to look at the situation and have tidied it up.

“They are thinking about leafleting in the area and putting in fixed penalty notices.

“As a town council we should be doing our bit as well. It’s not good that children are having to put up with that sort of behaviour.”

Persistent dog fouling has also been reported by readers around Willoughby Road, Eastgate and Worth Court in Bourne.

To report dog fouling in the district call 01476 406300.