Bro Tegid pupils create awareness posters

Date 14/02/2017
Baw Ci Bala

Mari and Rachel along with Jonathan Neale, Gwynedd Council Tidy Towns Officer proudly display their poster

Bro Tegid pupils create awareness posters

The children had had enough of having to avoid dog mess on their way to school as well as coming across it in areas where they often play. They felt they needed help and guidance with their initiative and so contacted Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme to create colourful posters to raise awareness of the matter.

 Mari, a pupil in Year 5, whose artistic skills helped create the poster said: “The posters are really important because there is a lot of dog mess in Bala. It’s very important for people to pick up and to put it in the bin because it can go in your eye and make you blind.”

 Rachel, who also contributed, noted: “Mari and I are very happy that our pictures have been chosen to be on the poster because the dog poo problem in Bala is getting worse. Some people pick it up but hang the bags on a tree or in a hedge which is horrible.”

 Local Gwynedd Councillor, Dilwyn Morgan, said: “Bala has a number of paths popular with dog walkers, and especially those that lead to and alongside Llyn Tegid and Afon Tryweryn. It’s unacceptable that these and other paths in the town are affected by dog mess and so I thank the children at Ysgol Bro Tegid for their imaginative response to this disgusting problem.”

 Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor John Wynn Jones, added: ‘‘Tidy Towns is proud of the fact that Gwynedd’s streets are amongst the cleanest in Wales. Part of this success must go to Gwynedd’s primary schoolchildren who have led the way with their colourful litter and dog fouling awareness campaigns.”  

 Toxicariasis

Many dogs are infected with parasites which can be harmful to people, especially children. Toxocariasis is a disease caused when the eggs of toxocara worms are transferred from dogs to people through infected dog mess or soil. Infection can lead to illness and even blindness.

 In Gwynedd it is a criminal offence to take a dog onto designated children’s play areas, school grounds, sports pitches and certain beaches (April-September) or to allow your dog to foul any public space. Offenders are liable to receive a £100 fixed penalty, with failure to pay potentially leading to a court summons and a fine of up to £1,000.

 For more information regarding Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, contact the team on 01766 771 000 or send an e-mail to tidytowns@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

 

Tidy Towns is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government with the aim of improving the quality of the local environment