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Stamford mum hits out at dog mess on school run in Kesteven Road

A mother of two has hit out at the ‘disgusting’ dog mess that is blighting her and children’s walk to school.

Kerry Roberts, 32, who lives in Kesteven Road in Stamford, walks Thomas, four, and Sidney, two, to St Augustine’s Voluntary Catholic Academy in Kesteven Road but a trail of dog mess has been left close to the junction in Irnham Road.

Kerry said: “I’ve lived here for two years having moved up from Portsmouth and I’m not joking and exaggerating when I say there are mountains of the poo on the path.

Kerry Roberts and son Sidney (21643266)
Kerry Roberts and son Sidney (21643266)

“It’s absolutely disgusting and you would not believe how bad it is. It’s going down the road towards the school and I’ve never seen anything like this before.

“I want to get Sidney walking to school because I’ve got a baby due in January so I don’t want to buy a double buggy but I don’t want him walking in all the dog mess.

“If you’ve got a pushchair, you’re worried about getting it on the wheels and then getting it in the house, especially when it’s raining and you’ve got to get it inside quickly.”

Kerry said she would like to see some posters put up in the area to discourage people from letting their dogs foul.

She added: “The posters should explain the dangers of what could happen to children or vulnerable adults if they were to come into contact with it.”

South Kesteven District Council says it will ensure signs are put up and that neighbourhood officers will patrol the area, where possible.

Owners are required by law to clean up after their dog. Failure to do so can result in a £100 fixed penalty notice being issued or possible prosecution.

Dog waste should be disposed of in an appropriate manner – by bagging it and placing it a bin.

A spokesman for South Kesteven District Council said: “Dog mess is an emotive issue and one of the most unacceptable and offensive types of litter.

“Most dog owners are responsible, but the minority who fail to pick up after their pets show a disregard for other people, public health and the environment.”

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