As part of a new campaign launched by Havant Borough Council to crack down on littering and dog mess left behind, Havant Borough Council’s Chief Executive Sandy Hopkins joined Environment Rangers in the boroughs parks and open spaces to kick-start the project, highlighting the mess that is left behind.
Environment Rangers from Havant Borough Council who are now working in partnership with Kingdom Security, have been visiting several parks to draw attention to the irresponsible behaviour of a minority of dog owners who fail to clear up after their pets.
The team will tour parks and open spaces over the next month spraying brightly coloured biodegradable Pink paint on to piles of dog mess that has been left behind.
The paint poo pink project is part of the Pick up or Pay up campaign aimed at drawing people’s attention to the problem whilst encouraging people to pick up after themselves or be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice costing £75.
The marked messes in the target areas will be left for a day before being removed to highlight the extent of the problem and the effect it has on the boroughs open spaces.
Natalie Meagher, Service Manager for Neighbourhood Quality said “By using the paint in this way we’re looking to underline the extent of the problem. We hope that will encourage dog owners who do not pick the mess up to see how much their selfishness spoils other people’s enjoyment of our open spaces.”