Dog-mess hotspot tackled in community clean-up

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FLAGS were used to pinpoint piles of dog mess when the Washdyke Lane recreation ground in Hucknall became the focus of a community clean-up.

Volunteer residents joined forces with workers from Ashfield District Council for the event, which included a litter-pick.

The clean-up was arranged as part of a residents’ campaign, backed by the Dispatch, to tackle the scourge of dog poo in the town.

Washdyke Lane ‘rec’ became the focus of the crusade when a community fun day had to be taken indoors because play equipment was smeared with faeces.

An original clean-up planned for Wednesday April 4 had to be cancelled because of snow and rain.

Locals were armed with black bags and litter pickers, while council officers got rid of the dog mess.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield Council, took part.

Coun Wilmott said afterwards: “I have never seen Washdyke Lane ‘rec’ look so clean and tidy as it does now. Let’s hope the residents and dog-owners do take pride in it now and keep it that way.”

As well as the clean-up, activities wre held for children to coincide with the school half-term break.

OUR PHOTO shows Coun Wilmott, council officers and some of the volunteers who took part in the clean-up — DISPIC NHUD12-0863-3.