Earlier this month (August 9), Wokingham Borough Council’s community wardens responded to complaints of dog fouling in East Park Farm and Vale View in Charvil by spraying it bright pink.
In response to complaints from dog walkers, football teams and children playing, community wardens Emma Bacca and Susie McIntyre spent the day spraying dog foul with a bright pink luminous spray to highlight the problem.
The spray is environmentally friendly, not harmful to animals or wildlife and washes away over time. In addition, they picked up 64 bags of dog foul in the hope that it will encourage more dog walkers to do the same and make the area more pleasant to use and environmentally friendly.
At the same time the community wardens distributed dog fouling bags and information regarding the dangers of not clearing up after their canine friends to any dog walkers they met.
The community wardens also have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught allowing their dog to foul and not picking up after them. The penalty for this is a £50 fine which can increase up to £1,000 should the case be taken to court through non-payment.
Jenny Bennett, community safety operations manager, said: "We are constantly receiving complaints about this problem and it extends across the whole Wokingham Borough. We hope that this will go some way to reminding residents of their duty to pick up after their dogs and make Wokingham Borough a more pleasant place for everyone."