Spraying Dog Poo

Spraying Dog Poo

Spraying dog poo with chalk paint to raise awareness that fouling is unacceptable. Why didn’t the Rossall Beach Group think of that – oh, wait a minute – we did! In this instance it was highlighted on the photo, not on the floor.

But before I get onto that old chestnut, a bit of news from Chrissie Towers and the mending of the boiler.

Chatter from Chrissie Towers

I was hoping we were in for a sunny day yesterday after the morning’s promising start but no, it was dull again but at least we had our boiler mended as promised.

The gas man came back with the second part for it after the first one didn’t work, tut tut! At least the powerful fan heater he left with us was good but I did miss my morning bath. There’s nothing like starting the day feeling fresh as a daisy, well maybe a drooping weed. So when he turned up as promised very first thing and mended the boiler, we were all so grateful.

I bathed in the warmth of the central heating and lashings of hot water, it’s not an easy job washing lots of dirty pots with kettle after kettle full of hot water as I suppose most of you will know. The one thing I kept saying though was how we all take for granted that you can turn a tap on and get whatever water you need. We switch our lights on and off have central heating and baths and all the loads of things we assume will always be there.

Grateful for everyday things

I suppose I’m one of not that many people (or maybe I’m wrong) who don’t take all the things we use on a daily basis for granted. It only takes a day or two without something that we are so used to having on tap to make us realise what some countries have to put up with.

Not to be able to get washed, cook something and all the millions of things we take for granted must be awful. It seems barbaric in this day and age but that is what some poorer countries have to endure on a daily basis.

We’ve been watching programmes about disfigured children in countries like Africa and India who end up going to hospitals in capital cities after leaving their homes, which are so pitiful. They have nothing and live with the barest of things in such poverty, while we in developed countries have so much.

I’ve often wondered what they think to everything that they see in cities. Beds and cleanliness being just a small part of it. They then have to go back to their so poor homes without sanitation or water after living such a different life, but yet they seem happy. Maybe they are happier than us as as it’s all they have known and they haven’t had anything to miss like we would. It makes you think doesn’t it, who is the best or worst off!

Spraying Dog Poo with coloured paint

Now I’ve climbed down from my soap box, I’m going to get back on it again on a subject I’ve not mentioned for quite a long time. Yes, our favourite subject, dog poo!

Dog poo festering in a puddle, spraying dog poo wouldn't work!
Dog poo festering in a puddle

We’d just received ‘Wyre Voice’ where I read about dog poo being sprayed with coloured chalk paint to show that it has not been picked up. Then I opened the paper and saw the same story in there, so I thought I would add my two pennorth in as well.

I see that spraying dog poo has been used in the Wyre Estuary country park at Stanah and as it has been successful other areas are also going to be targeted. It seems that although the paint spray has been well received, some people on Facebook have said ‘why don’t they pick the dog poo up’ which ass mainly been left at weekends and evenings.

Although the hardened offenders have carried on in some cases, there has been a noticeable difference in the amount left lying around, so it’s fair to say the system is working.

A lot less poo

At Stanah, there were 66 foulings a day at the start of the trial and 12 at the end so something must be pricking their conscience don’t you think!

As the council has more than 400 complaints a year (and I bet there’s a lot more than that as people don’t always ring up about this subject) something needs doing, which our Rossall Beach Group has been going on about for years.

The thing that annoys me is that we have persistently tried to solve this awful problem without much help from the council, apart from odd times, and they are odd!

Jane suggested spraying dog poo with biodegradable paint a long time ago, and despite an awful problem on our beach, we were told not to because we’d get into trouble. Over the years we repeatedly brought the subject up to be met by every opposition you could think of. Now they’ve decided that the idea seems to work, well I never!

So much poo

Our beaches, like country parks, are prime destinations for dog walkers who seem to think it’s OK to let smelly dog poo fester on the pebbles, or that the tide will take it away. Yes the tide will, but times that by dozens and dozens a day and the sea water – that everyone is working hard to improve – becomes polluted.

spraying dog poo - this much collected in an hour on Rossall Beach
Dog poo collected in one hour on Rossall Beach

We also get dog walking businesses bringing multiple dogs to do their ‘business’ and some do not clean up. The little sandwich bags on this photo were collected in one hour between the Five Bar Gate and Thornton Gate. There were 66 in total, and when we repeated the event a month later we got another 50 odd.

So as you can see the problem will never go away until more action is taken. I wonder what will happen if we start spraying paint round dog poo on the beach? I dread to think!

Not be long now before normal service is resumed…

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