South Ayrshire Council is working with a resident of Wallacetoun in Ayr to introduce glow in the dark posters to help tackle dog fouling.
The striking posters which feature luminous eyes and let dog walkers know they are being watched are particularly effective at night when dog fouling is more of a problem. Text on the posters reminds people of their responsibilities and to respect South Ayrshire. Anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog could face a £40 fixed penalty notice which will rise to £80 in April 2016.
The idea for the posters came from Mrs Lindsay Brent (28) who was getting fed up with the dog mess on her daughter's shoes when she went out to play on grassy areas near her home. Lindsay phoned the Council to make her suggestion which was followed up by the Council's Environmental Health team.
The Council was happy to help with the campaign and produced the posters which are already proving effective around the Alphabet Yard Nursery, New Bridge Street in Ayr. The nursery has reported a dramatic reduction in dog fouling which means the children have less chance of coming into contact with the potentially harmful waste.
Lindsay said: "I came up with the idea after watching a programme about a similar campaign in Portsmouth and I was delighted when the Council agreed the posters could be really effective in my area especially in the grass surrounding Newton Primary School.
"We want to encourage responsible dog owners and I hope these posters get the message across. People in communities across South Ayrshire are keeping an eye out for anyone not picking up after their pet and fines could be issued. I think any scheme deterring owners from spoiling our streets with dog mess is beneficial to all."
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and the Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "We are always happy to listen to ideas which can help improve our communities. The luminous posters are a novel but effective way of reminding dog owners that they should pick up after their pets even in poor light or face a fixed penalty notice.
"The vast majority of dog owners are considerate but unfortunately there is still a minority of owners who fail to pick up. You can put bagged dog waste in any litter bin, so there really isn't any excuse. Dog faeces as well as being unsightly carry a clear public health risk in particular to young children, so we need to work with our communities to tackle the problem."
The Council is now looking to introduce the posters in other problem areas. If you have any suggestions on how to tackle dog fouling you can contact the Council. Dog fouling can be reported at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/report/