New scheme prompts dog owners to pick up waste

A NEW scheme has been launched in Worthing to tackle ‘unacceptable and antisocial’ dog mess.

Bright yellow ‘Clean it up’ signs are appearing in local parks thanks to Worthing Borough Council’s dog warden, Russ Akehurst.

W42526H13''Dog Stencil.. Dog Warden  Russ Akehurst with the Dog Stencil in Victoria Park on Thursday morning

W42526H13''Dog Stencil.. Dog Warden Russ Akehurst with the Dog Stencil in Victoria Park on Thursday morning

“This is a new scheme that other parts of the country have brought in and we’ve just launched it in Worthing these last two or three weeks,” he said.

“For a number of years now one of the biggest problems for the council has been the amount of dog fouling and the amount of problems it generates.

“It costs such a lot of money for the clear up and unfortunately many people are irresponsible and don’t clear up after their dogs.

“We target problem areas and identify which are the worst due to the amount of complaints we get.”

Funded by the taxpayer, Mr Akehurst says the scheme tackles a problem which needs to be addressed.

He added: “If everyone cleared up after their dog and acted responsibly, extra money wouldn’t have to be spent on patrols, enforcement and laying out this program.

“I hope the signs will catch the attention of dog walkers and deter any more fouling.

“One of the councillors suggested pink would be eye catching but we couldn’t source the paint anywhere so the next best thing was yellow.”