Flags to mark Derbyshire park dog mess

Flags are to be used to mark mess left by dogs as part of a crackdown in Derbyshire parks.

The bright green markers will be used by South Derbyshire District Council to draw attention to the problem of dog dirt not cleared up by owners.

The initiative will start at Newhall Park next week.

Organisers said the issue could have a serious impact on people's enjoyment of parks. Not clearing up dog mess can carry a fine of up to £1,000.

Councillor John Bladen said: "The minority of irresponsible dog-owners who don't clean up after their pets mess things up for all those that want to walk, play and exercise in South Derbyshire.

"When the amount of dog muck is highlighted by a small flag, it becomes very obvious how much there is and how badly it interferes with the community making the most of the wonderful green spaces in the area."

He added there would also be an exhibition trailer where council staff can talk to park users about the problem, how it can be reported and measures being taken.

Failing to clear up after a dog can carry a fine of up to £1,000.

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