Dog poo campaigners celebrate cleanliness

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The dog poo vigilantes who were on a mission to turn ‘Grimewater’ back to Shinewater have thanked locals for their help.

Lori Cronin and Candy Foster took to the streets of Shinewater back in March with dog poo flags. Their aim was to highlight the problem of irresponsible dog owners who fail to clear up after their pets. The pair put out 298 flags in the first week and they are still going strong two months later. Lori says their efforts are paying off and dog fouling on the streets of Shinewater is now down by about 70 per cent.

Lori, who is the chairman of the Shinewater Neighbourhood Panel, said, “I would like to say big thank you to residents of Shinewater who have responded so positively to our ongoing poo campaign.

“I walk about the estate about once a week and am delighted to see how clean and tidy it is, one of the cleanest in the town I reckon, and others agree.

“It is no longer Grimewater but now Shinewater.”

Lori is also campaigning for more bins to keep the estate clean and tidy.

She said, “I have been trying to get more bins for the estate.

“Within six weeks of asking for one in Jay Close, one was installed and it reduced our litter by at least 90 per cent.”

Lori is calling on the residents in the area to help continue the clean up success.

She is appealing to dog walkers to keep up the good work and wants the improvement on general litter to continue too.

Lori is hoping locals will also show their support to the campaign by attending the next Shinewater Neighbourhood Panel meeting, where the dog poo campaign will be discussed.

It will take place on July 10 at 1pm at the Community Centre in Milfoil Drive.