Fight against dog fouling along Grantham Canal continues

Signs like this are repeatedly being stolen.
Signs like this are repeatedly being stolen.
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A campaign to end dog fouling along Grantham Canal continues, in spite of sign thefts.

Volunteers at the Grantham Canal Society (GCS) regularly have to clear up doggy deposits left by the waterway. They have installed signs to deter walkers from leaving behind any mess, only for these to go missing. In one instance, three signs were found in the canal the very next day after they had been fitted.

“The signs which are being stolen were provided to us by SKDC,” explains GCS head ranger Anthony Jackson. “Quite a bit of voluntary labour went into preparing these for fitting; the SKDC logo having to be cut off, and new elongated fixing slots formed – which makes it even more galling. We have also tried fitting the Keep Britain Tidy ‘No Such Thing as the Dog Poo Fairy’ stickers, but these, too, are persistently removed. It’s so childish. It’s a pity they can’t put their energies into helping.”

However, volunteers have not given up the fight against fouling. “The Canal and River Trust has agreed to fund the supply of five combined litter and dog waste bins along the six-mile stretch between the A1 and the Lincolnshire border,” said Mr Jackson.

GCS are now liaising with the relevant parish councils to organise funding for the servicing of these bins, while they also plan to provide canal rangers for the Earlesfield estate section. Full training will be given, and anyone interested in becoming a ranger can find more details at www.granthamcanal.org