Why some Horncastle residents say they are seeing red over pink

A pile of dog poo sprayed pink EMN-151126-153801001
A pile of dog poo sprayed pink EMN-151126-153801001

It’s a pioneering scheme which has seen dog poo sprayed pink but it has left some residents in Horncastle seeing red.

East Lindsey District Council launched the ‘Spray It Pink’ campaign last month in an attempt to crack down on the problem of dog fouling.

It followed complaints from town councillors and residents about the amount of dog mess.

Just days after the launch, town councillors expressed concerns that the spray was dangerous - a claim robustly denied by ELDC .

Now, ELDC says the scheme has been a success and has revealed several other towns in East Lindsey want to follow Horncastle’s lead.

However, residents have a mixed reaction.

The News has received more than 40 calls and emails, with a 50-50 split on whether the project has been worth it.

C laire Madden said ELDC would be better spending money on catching owners who don’t clean up after their pets.

She said: “The authorities must know who is responsible.

“Why aren’t these owners taken to court. This is just a gimmick - and a waste of our money.”

Ron Taylor said he did not think spraying piles pink would deter offenders.

He added: “I clean up after my own dog but I stand and watch others who just allow their dogs to perform anywhere.

“They’re not going to stop just because someone might come along and spray it pink. It’s stupid.

“If you say anything to them, you just get abuse.”

Shop worker Alison Bennett said she thought the piles of pink poo actually made the town look worse.

She said: “I suppose it’s easier not to walk in it because you can see it, but how can they say it’s made the town better.”

John Carrington said he welcomed any ideas to ease the problem.

He said: “It is a big issue in Horncastle. I don’t know why - perhaps we’ve just got more lazy dog owners.

“The council should be congratulated. At least, they are trying to do something positive.

“They can’t win. If they sit back and do nothing, people will complain.”

Cyclist Mark Jowelski welcomed the initiative and said it had made an impact.

He added: “I ride down the Spa Trail most days and it’s very rare you don’t go straight through a pile of dog mess.

“It can splash all over. It’s disgusting.

“There’s definitely been less mess about.

“I don’t know if it’s the fact the Horncastle News has highlighted the problem, or fewer people are walking their dogs at this time of year.”

Colin Norman was one of many who called for stronger penalties for offenders.

He claimed the level of fines was not enough to justify costly prosecutions.

He said: “If people know they can get away with it, they will.

“You are fined hundreds of pounds for not having a TV licence. Why should dog owners be different?”

“We need bigger fines - and more wardens.”

ELDC spokesman James Gilbert said feedback indicated the scheme had been a success.

He revealed more people had come forward to report dog mess but said the council needed the names of owners to take matters further.

He stressed that the month-long scheme would continue and ELDC’s dog warden - together with police officers - would continue regular patrols, focussing on problem areas.

Mr Gilbert confirmed other towns had approached East Lindsey with a view to using the pink spray.

Town-based PCSO Nigel Wass said he thought the scheme had been successful and there had been fewer complaints and incidents ab out dog mess,

○Dog fouling in a public place is an offence

If owners do not clear up after their dog has fouled in public areas, ELDC can issue a fixed penalty notice.

The current level of fine is £75.00.

Anyone issued with a fixed penalty notice must pay the amount due within 14 days. If the notice is not paid, the matter will be referred to ELDC’s solicitor.

○If you can help identify anyone who allows their dog to foul in public areas, contact ELDC on 01507 601111.