Flag it Up! Campaign on Dog Poo in Colne
Our green and pleasant land?
• Waterside Action Group put 200 flags in dog poo in local green spot
• Small handful of anti-social dog owners accused of denying access to
safe green space to local children
Dog mess and litter are Pendle residents’ greatest bugbear. The team of
volunteers at Waterside Action Group (WAG) led by WAG Chair Alice Mann
are launching a ‘flag it up’ campaign to highlight the scale of the
Fed up with the amount of poo they see during their weekly green space
litter-pick, the team decided to highlight the sheer scale of the problem
caused by a handful of anti-social dog owners.
WAG are taking a stand by finding every piece of dog poo in the green
spaces they litter-pick, and planting a flag in each one.
During the first action on the green space behind Laithe Street and
Knotts Lane, Colne, the team put up 200 flags before running out without
finishing! Local dog owners (with poo bags) approached the team to ask
what they were doing and blamed just a tiny handful of residents for
blighting the area.
Volunteer Liz Hurley said: “We place the flags next to the dollops,
photograph them and then send the evidence to the cleansing department at
the council and demand a clear up. The flags are then removed and stored
in disinfectant to be used the following week at a new location.”
Alice and Liz say they would like to see the company that Pendle Council
employ to deal with litter and dog poo patrolling these areas to keep
them clean once they have been cleaned up by the Council cleansing
The team hope that as well as highlighting the scale of the problem it
will prick the conscience of the minority of dog walkers whose dogs cause
the problem and persuade them to act more responsibly.
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