onlineFOCUS – News and Stuff For Rochford District since 2003

 

August 20th, 2013 |

Orange Alert – Dog Poo Being Sprayed Orange

From the District Council website:


Rochford District Council are spray-painting dog mess bright orange in a bid to shock irresponsible dog owners into changing their bad habits.

It’s part of the ‘Love Rochford District’ campaign that has been running this summer with the aim of informing residents about environmental crimes such as dog fouling and littering in a bid to clean up the District.

For the next few weeks, Officers from the Council’s Street Scene Team will be patrolling areas of Rochford where dog fouling is a particular problem and spray-painting dog mess they find orange to show how much is not being cleaned up by dog owners. Residents do not need to worry that dog mess won’t be cleaned up – the orange poo will just be left where it is long enough to highlight the issue.

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Leisure, Arts and Culture, Councillor Keith Gordon said: “We want to send the message that dog fouling is unacceptable. Not only is it the most offensive litter on our streets but it could be dangerous. It can lead to an infection called toxocariasis if it enters the human system and young children are most at risk of this disease.

We hope this unusual approach will finally get the message through to irresponsible dog owners who don’t clean up after their dog”.

To report dog fouling problems or for more nformation about the ‘Love Rochford District campaign please call customer services on 01702 318111, or visit www.rochford.gov.uk/streetscene

12 Responses to “Orange Alert – Dog Poo Being Sprayed Orange”

  1. 1
    Christine Paine:

    Whilst I agree that dog fouling is an unpleasant problem, and one that annoys me a lot as it gives all dog owners a bad name, I do wonder at the thought processes behind this. How much is it costing and wouldn’t the money be better spent on actually cleaning it up. As it is one team will spray and one will clean up. Is the paint non toxic, completely non harmful to the environment. Unpleasant as it is, on grass dog poo will rot down, I don’t think spray paint will.

  2. 2
    The Mighty Oz:

    Just a thought, will the pavements be left with orange poo shaped silhouettes ?

  3. 3
    Michael Buzza:

    This has got to be a joke, right? Is RDC really going to pay someone to go on a poo patrol armed with a can of spray paint?

    This is where your council tax is going folks!

  4. 4
    Greenbelt:

    A good idea but let’s hope that the orange painted dog mess is not mistaken for pot holes that have been identified for repair as the mess will never be dealt with!
    Perhaps they can also spray the horse manure that is often deposited in the alleyway footpath between Rawreth Lane and Temple Way. This is not a bridal way but is regularly used as one.

  5. 5
    Sean:

    Walking through Rochford on Monday I could see just how effective the spraypainting dog-poo orange was by the fact that half the dogpoo I saw wasn’t spraypainted orange!

  6. 6
    Janet Warner:

    I think this is a hoot! It’s barmy enough to catch on, & we could see it “spread” countrywide. People on Community Service could be sent out in teams with the spray cans to use on dog poo, instead of “tagging” our fences, walls, street furniture etc!
    The main problem will be how anyone will know whose “pile” is whose to be embarrassed about.
    Why don’t we just put up more bins & educate the morons who are too lazy to bag it & bin it, especially those who fling their poo bags into bushes & trees. We also need to make sure our verges & grass areas are cut properly, so that the colourful little heaps can be seen. Every now & again someone should patrol the worst affected areas, & actually catch someone red (or orange!)-handed, & prosecute them!
    Just out of interest, does anyone know how many people have actually been prosecuted in the last few years by RDC for not clearing up after their pet? There must be thousands of notices on lamp posts, notice boards & at park entrances throughout the district, detailing liability to fines etc, for non-compliance with this bylaw.
    We could urge the Council officers to go a step further & spray paint, (a different colour of course)piles of litter.
    Or is this just a ploy to divert our minds from the hot topic of housing developments? Maybe I am being cynical?
    Please Councillors, in all seriousness, monitor this latest idea to ensure it is a cost effective use of our money!

  7. 7
    Christine Paine:

    I agree Janet. Whenever I take my dog out I have one of those round the waist bags on. In it I have spare lead, mobile phone, dog poo bags, training treats. If she poos I double bag it and usually end up bringing it home to dispose of it. Some more dog poo bins around the whole area would be nice. I can understand why some people don’t like having to carry it home due to the lack of a suitable receptacle, but quite honestly if you are going to have a dog then poo picking up is part and parcel of life,whether it is out on walks or in your own garden. If you can’t live with that fact, well don’t have a dog.

  8. 8
    Andy Chesworth:

    When completed did ths campaign have any positive effect.If so could you please email me any statistical evidence of the campaign areas improving.
    regards
    Andrew

  9. 9
    Chris Black:

    Andy, I think the campaign is still running but if I hear any results I will let you know.

  10. 10
    Sean:

    One week on, I’ve noticed that there has been a ‘second spraying’ around Rochford. It would seem that more or less the same number of dungpiles have been sprayed. The paint from the ‘first spray’ is still visible, but the dung has been removed and the paint seems to be disintergrating quickly. Some of the tacky posters have been vandalised.

    Isn’t there a law against hanging up tacky posters, or is the district council exempt from it?

  11. 11
    daro:

    the dirty disgusting owners that leave dogs poo all along a path outside the school and also on the cricket pitch in Blunsdon ought to have their noses rubbed in it. 99% of the time it is big dogs. little children play football in this field, 5 to 8 year olds use this path daily. it has to stop

  12. 12
    Christine Paine:

    Daro, as a dog owner I share your disgust. I have a waist bag that I always wear when dog walking in the summer when I have no pockets. In it, amongst other things, are poo bags. It doesn’t take a minute to stop, get a bag out, pick up the doings, tie the bag securely and then dispose of it either in a dog poo bin if one is available, or a rubbish bin, or take it home and dispose of it there. Owners who don’t do this get all of us a bad name. Indeed, I have even picked up other dog’s poo when I’ve spotted it on a playing field or similar.

Leave a Reply


+ 6 = seven

You can add images to your comment by clicking here.

Choose the layout you want to see

September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

Who We Are

We are Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners in Rochford District.
We want to improve local decision-making and we see onlineFOCUS as a good way of keep residents informed and involved.
Please click here to email us .

viewfrommount

Comments Policy

We welcome your comments, they are very important to us. However please note:
* We may not necessarily agree with the comments made by our readers
* We ask everyone to treat people with respect when making a comment. No personal abuse please.



Daily Reporting by Chris Black

With support from:
Ron Oatham Ron Oatham Bruce Smart Bruce Smart Chris Stanley Chris Stanley

Latest Comments

  • admin: Interesting, certainly… ;
  • The Mighty Oz: Odd that the applicant lives in New York.
  • Jim Cripps: As was previously pointed out this ‘outline& #8217; planning application only really covers the...
  • admin: We can confirm that Jim’s a gentleman… ;.not a trouble maker :)
  • Jim Cripps: Thank you , although I am quite outspoken on here I am not a trouble maker (CHRIS would vouch for me I...
  • A.Matthews: Yes you will be most welcome,We will probably extend the public participation part and try and get the...
  • admin: These are public meetings, you can certainly attend.
  • Jim Cripps: Can I attend the Parish Council meeting please ? , I live about 100yards outside your Eastern boundary...
  • Jim Cripps: So they are now ‘talking the talk” on English Devolution ,but will they “walk the...
  • A.Matthews: Dee.Yes it was several volunteers actively jotting down every vehicle ,No it was not to highways...
  • Jim Cripps: Bruce we need the Town Council and Parish Council to actively lobby the District Council in respect of...
  • Dee: To what standard was this survey conducted? Was it a few men counting cars in high vis for a day or conducted to...
  • Christine Paine: You have a point Richard, but we do need a more vibrant High St. All that seems to open at the...
  • bruce smart: Yesterday it took an age to travel from Basildon Gardiners Lane Tesco to Hambro Parade. Queues all the...
  • richard lambourne: I have to say wishing for a Waitrose could do more harm than good in that it will kill off...
  • Alan Ball: Re your article in R&E Times and Chis Lumleys’ revelation re traffic survey. I also noticed...
  • richard lambourne: I have objected on loss of Green Amenity space, but if RDC are really going to use this space, and...
  • richard lambourne: Laudable effort on the protest I just wish that Linda Kendall and her secret committee had given...
  • Jim Cripps: Watched the Scotland debate on TV last night and I think it sums up ( on a bigger scale obviously ) our...
  • A.Matthews: Dee. I would like to draw your attention to a traffic survey carried out by Rawreth Parish Council in...
  • A.Matthews: Well done to those responsible for the Demo .Made the point so well In the long run Beeches Road and...
  • Dee: I was there, we were even tooted by traffic police officers, our highlight was observing councillor cutmore...
  • Dee: There has never been a survey conducted for watery lane. How can this be a sound judgement? I accept it’s...
  • Jim Cripps: Well , in the absence of any other Parish / Town or District Council leadership , about 50 people...

Recent Posts


Lib Dem logo
Legal Statement for the purposes of complying with electoral law: This website is published and promoted by by Bruce Smart at 12 Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, on behalf of Liberal Democrat Candidates all at 12 Ferndale Road, Rayleigh The technology and hosting used for this website is provided by 1&1 Internet Limited, The Nova Building, Herschel Street Slough SL1 1XS

Technical Help : Graham Osborn

Posts To Remember

Categories

Categories

Asda or Makro Council Budget Crime & Policing District Core Strategy District Wide Elections Essex & East Future Housing Green Belt Highways & Parking History and Culture Hockley Hullbridge Leisure and Sport Liberal Democrats Local Democracy Local Facilities National Politics No Category Planning Applications Rawreth Rayleigh Rochford Web Stuff YouTube and Video

The Core Strategy

This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here click here. (2.5mb)

Planning Applications…

If you want information on a particular planning application, you can find it on the District Council website here.

If you want to know what new planning applications have been submitted this week, click here.

Reporting A Problem

If you want to report a problem, you can email Lib Dems councillors by clicking here.
There's also an independent website called FixMyStreet. It's very good for reporting minor street problems like holes in the road, grafitti or failed streetlights. You can find FixMyStreet here.

Essex Political Blogs

Geography, History , Science

Lib Dem Websites

Local Council Websites

Local History

Local Info

Non-Political Stuff

Other Lib Dem Blogs

Planning Issues

Join Your Local Team

If you read onlineFOCUS for a while you can see the kind of things we are trying to achieve locally. Maybe you would like to help us?


If you fancy helping us deliver leaflets, or actively campaigning for us at election time, or simply just helping behind the scenes with paperwork, please contact the onlineFOCUS team here.

“Rayleigh was the birthplace of Britain’s first surviving quintuplets, but that’s just one of its many claims to fame”

When the Olympic Torch came to Rayleigh, Chris Black wrote about the town in the Guardian - read it here

Join the National Team

If you would like email updates on what the Lib Dems are doing nationally, click here.
If you would like to join the Lib Dems click here.

Meta