Tidy Towns help in Penisarwaun children's campaign

Date 16/09/2016
YsgolPenisarwaun

Mabli, Efa and Elis from Ysgol Penisarwaun with Jonathan Neale from Gwynedd Council.

Tidy Towns help in Penisarwaun children's campaign

Pupils at Ysgol Penisarwaun recently got together with Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme to produce special environmental signs to urge dogowners to clean-up after their pets.

 The children were responding to local dog fouling problems and wanted to know how they could raise awareness to tackle the problem.  The Tidy Towns signs were the result of this joint working and will shortly be placed all around   the village to remind people to ‘Bag it and Bin it!’

 Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Gwyn Neale, said: “I could tell that the kids were really keen as they were all eager to tell how they had suffered after coming into contact with dog mess whilst playing in the village. Let’s hope these colourful new signs get the message across to those who conveniently look away when their dog does its business.”

 Local County Councillor, Hefin Williams, added: “The children’s pictures are excellent and get the ‘Bag it and Bin it’ message across clearly. I hope that those responsible now take notice and clean up after their dogs in public places. Our children are at the greatest risk, so we mustn’t tolerate this problem in our community.”

 Gwynedd’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor John Wynn Jones, noted: “There are no grey areas when it comes to dog fouling in public spaces - owners must bag their dogs’ mess and place it in a bin. This is especially important in our towns and villages where children often play in areas where people walk their dogs.”

 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.