Mess is marked with spray paint

Children at the Little Poppets Nusery in Seaford have made posters to ask dog owners to clear up the fouling their animals leave in the streets and pathways. Lisa Walker (L) and Julie Smith (R) with some of the children and their work. October 21st 2013 E43086P

Children at the Little Poppets Nusery in Seaford have made posters to ask dog owners to clear up the fouling their animals leave in the streets and pathways. Lisa Walker (L) and Julie Smith (R) with some of the children and their work. October 21st 2013 E43086P

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Nursery children have been putting pen to paper for a poster campaign aimed at tackling the dog fouling problem in the town.

Youngsters at Little Poppets Nursery in Seaford are calling on dog owners to clear up their pets’ mess and are taking part in the project after one of the mums decided she had had enough of trying to avoid the excrement on the pavements on the walk from her home to the facility.

Samantha Baker, whose son attends the nursery which is based next to Seaford Primary School in Wilkinson Way, says she counted more than 25 piles of dog poo on the walk one day and was fed up with trying to dodge them while walking with her little boy and her baby boy in the buggy.

She spoke to the nursery about the issue and they decided to involve the children in urging dog walkers to be responsible.

The Salisbury Road resident said, “The children are going to make up awareness posters.

“I feel in this area it’s an especially bad problem.

“We’re having to play dodge the poo constantly. We have a dog as well and make sure we clean up after it. Even if she has an upset stomach, you do what you can to remove it.”

The posters will display messages to prompt people to help tackle the problem and will be put up on lampposts and through people’s doors.

WoW Copy Print Design in in Seaford will be printing the posters free of charge.

Lisa Walker, assistant manager at the nursery, added, “It’s for the health and safety of the children.

“We have spoken to the children for their ideas and for the words to put on the posters.

“Grown ups need to take responsibility for their dogs as the mess isn’t nice for the children.

“Most people listen to children and hopefully this will open their eyes to what the children are saying.”