Wyre's ‘Paint Means Poo’ pilot to be rolled-out in other areas of the borough

Wyre Estuary Country Park is a popular destination for dog walkers and families
Wyre Estuary Country Park is a popular destination for dog walkers and families
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Wyre’s Paint Means Poo pilot – which saw dog muck at Wyre Estuary Country Park spray painted – will be rolled out elsewhere in the borough.

The council, which once planned to carry out DNA tests on faeces to trace unscrupulous owners, said its two week trial had some ‘positive results’.

However, the authority conceded it was criticised on social media for not simply clearing away the mess, which was mainly left during evenings and weekends.

In a report, parks boss and council leader David Henderson (inset) said dog fouling continued during the two week trial, but there was a ‘gradual decline’.

Figures showed 66 foulings a day at the start of the trial, and 12 at the end. The authority said it was ‘looking at introducing a similar campaign in other areas of the borough’ to tackle the blight of fouling, which topped a ‘Life in Wyre’ survey of problems residents face.

The council receives more than 400 complaints a year and has launched a number of initiatives to tackle the problem. Its plans to DNA test muck were shelved.