Evie’s message to Greetland residents

Seven-year-old Evie Bray with her poster campaining against dog fouling in Greetland.
Seven-year-old Evie Bray with her poster campaining against dog fouling in Greetland.

A seven-year-old girl from Greetland is campaigning to help rid the village of dog mess.

Evie Bray has designed a poster which is being displayed in the area to encourage residents to pick up their pets’ waste off the streets.

Yorkshire Water is also displaying posters designed to tackle the problem at at a number of its reservoir sites across the region after joining a major campaign run by national charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Evie lives in the area with her mum Kirsty Allen, step-dad Terry Michael, brother Theo, two, and sister Poppy, who is three weeks old.

Terry said: “We’re really proud of her for doing this off her own back.

“She spent a good couple of hours doing the poster and she wanted to stick it up on the lamppost but we said that might be vandalism so we contacted our local councillor who was very receptive to the idea.

“One has been put up near our house and another one at the local park.

“Hopefully they’ll result in the area being cleared up because it’s a nice area but it is a problem.

“We have a little baby as well and sometimes we can’t push her pram to school when we take Evie because we dodge the dog mess.”

Local councillor Marilyn Greenwood (Lib Dem) said: “So many people are concerned and angry about the increasing problem of dog fouling.

“Someone now needs to take action and this is what councillors in Greetland and Stainland Ward have done.

“This will be followed-up with further strong reminders of the disease that this can cause in children.

“We are liaising with council officers who can now spot fine the culprits.”