A LOCAL school blighted by dog folding is appealing to the community to help eradicate the problem.
Bishop Rawle C E (A) Primary School in Cheadle has had to draft in the help of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's environmental team after the problem of dog fouling on the streets around the outside of the school has reached intolerable levels.
Parents and staff are constantly stepping in dog mess, which has not been picked up by irresponsible dog owners on the approach in and out of the school.
Not only is the problem disgusting for staff and parents, who constantly have to clean it up, but it is also a health hazard to the young children affected by it.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has stepped up patrols around the school with anyone caught not picking up after their pet facing an on-the-spot fine to pay as well as CCTV monitoring, which is soon to be installed at the neighbouring Cheadle Hospital in a bid to catch the culprits and reprimand them.
Extra signs have also been spayed onto pavements around the school grounds to remind dog owners to clean up after their dogs.
The problem has been ongoing for over 12 months with no signs of improvement, despite numerous notices going out to parents in newsletters, although it is unlikely to be any of the parents who are responsible when it is their children treading in it.
The school is asking for the community's help to catch the culprits, or highlight the problem to deter those responsible.
This is a dangerous and disgusting problem for any school to have to face.
With the district council's ramped up campaign and support from the community it is hoped people will bag it and bin it or report any offenders to the local authority.
Dog fouling is both unpleasant and potentially dangerous, as dog faeces carry bacteria that can harm children.
If you need to report an incident of dog fouling complete the online form at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sm/council/reporting-god-fouling or call the Environmental and Waste Services on 0345 605 3014.