DOG mess will be targeted in Penkridge with a raft of new measures to crack down on the nuisance.
Large new signs which can be installed temporarily to have the most impact, will be used in hotspot areas to get owners to clean up after their pets.
New stencils have also been handed to Penkridge Parish Council so warnings can be spray-painted onto paths and posts.
And volunteers who would like to encourage dog owners to pick up their pets’ mess are being urged to come forward. They will be armed with dog mess bags and leaflets to hand out to dog walkers.
Councillor Sandra Chambers said: “The three-sided signs would be borrowed from South Staffordshire District Council and used for a short time to give strong warnings to people to clean up after their dogs, rather than the small, permanent signs that people get used to and do not always notice.
“We have been given some new stencils. The maximum fine for dog fouling is going up from £1,000 to £2,000 so the new stencils will include that. We have previously used stencil signs in Teddesley Road and by Princefield First School.
“The third measure to get volunteers to sign up is something South Staffordshire Council is really keen to implement. Dog fouling is a big nuisance in the district as a whole.”
Councillor Brendan Craddock added: “In this village the problems tend to be on public rights of way, canal towpaths and green spaces. Shoal Hill Common has been a particular problem.”