Super scoops’ posters are to be displayed around Whittlesey to stop dog fouling

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design some anti-dog fouling posters to be put up around the town. Front: winners Ben Peters, Sophie Lawrence, Harriet Neal and Adam Simpson, Back: FDC Street Scene officers Ann Marshall and Sally Mitchell with Cllr Peter Murphy. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Eye-catching posters designed by children at a Whittlesey primary school are to be displayed around the town in the latest move in Fenland District Council’s campaign to combat dog fouling.

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design some anti-dog fouling posters to be put up around the town. Left: Street scene officer Sally Mitchell, Ben Peters and Cllr Peter Murphy. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The four brightly coloured posters were the winners in a competition held at Alderman Jacobs school.

Each one is headed the children of Alderman Jacobs say followed by slogans such as your dog’s business is nobody else’s business and dog poo, pick up your poo or it will be blamed on you.

The winners and runners-up from two age groups were each presented with prizes by Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s Cabinet member responsible for the environment.

Cllr Murphy said: “Getting children on board is so important for getting our message across - they go home and pass it on to their parents. And these posters are terrific – they show this is a problem they really care about that affects the whole community. I’m sure they’ll make a real impact.”

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design some anti-dog fouling posters to be put up around the town. Left: Street Scene officer Sally Mitchell, Cllr Peter Murphy and Harriet Neal. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The idea for the competition came from Sally Mitchell, one of the council’s Street Scene officers, after she had received a complaint from one of the parents about dog mess on the school run.

Sally and fellow officer Ann Marshall attended an assembly to highlight the need for people to clean up after their pets. They asked the children to design an anti-fouling poster to support the council’s current campaign, which is running alongside the Dogs Trust’s national Big Scoop campaign.

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The four winners were Adam Simpson and Harriet Neal (Years 1-2) and Sophie Lawrence and Ben Peters (Years 3-6). Each received a free family swim pass at FDC’s Manor Centre and 25 per cent off the cost of a birthday party there. They were also given promotional rosettes and Scooperhero capes provided by the Dogs Trust.

The school received 25 per cent off the price of a group swim.

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design some anti-dog fouling posters to be put up around the town. Left: Street Scene officer Sally Mitchell, Sophie Lawrence and Cllr Peter Murphy. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design

Presentation at Alderman Jacobs School, Whittlesey, of prizes to winners of a competition to design some anti-dog fouling posters to be put up around the town. Left: Cllr Peter Murphy with Adam Simpson. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

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