YOUNGSTERS and residents have teamed up to tackle irresponsible dog owners who allow their pets to foul the streets.
Children from Clavering Primary School have designed eye-catching banners to raise awareness of the problem posed by dog dirt.
Residents in Thornton Street in the town centre carried out a similar exercise and the banners have now been put up in both areas where dog fouling is recognised to be a problem.
The banners, which carry slogans urging owners to always pick up after their dogs, are backed up by a number of smaller lamppost-mounted signs.
Hartlepool Council Environmental Projects officer Kate Ainger and Neighbourhood Development officer Irene Cross, who worked closely with the Thornton Street residents, have both played a key role in the production of the banners.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who has played a part.
“Hopefully, these latest banners will have the same positive effect as other banners and signs already in place in a number of other parts of the town,” said Kate.
Irene added: “It is great to see residents taking a lead in tackling environmental issues affecting their communities.”
The Clavering Primary School banner project has also been supported financially by Hart Ward councillors Paul Beck and Jean Robinson, who have each given £300 from their individual ward member budgets.
Coun Beck said: “I would like to congratulate the Year 3 pupils who helped design the banner – they have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the project.
“The children clearly have a lot of pride for the area and we would urge dog owners to follow their example.”
Councillor Robinson said: “I was very impressed with the designs put forward by the pupils and it is great to see the finished banners on display in the community. The children deserve a lot of credit for their efforts.”