PEOPLE living in an area blighted by dog dirt have reported a reduction in the problem since a campaign was launched.

Residents called a meeting at the Craven Heifer pub earlier this year to discuss the problem around Pole Lane.

The meeting, led by Bosley Close resident John Roberts, was attended by officers from Blackburn with Darwen Council who discussed ways to tackle the issue.

Mr Roberts, husband of council leader Kate Hollern, who will stand for election in the area in May said: “We have got some new big signs up in Rudyard Drive and Pole Lane.

“And we have had the dog warden here regularly and done some leafleting.

“There has been a noticeable drop in the amount of dog dirt.

“The council is going to do a dog chipping evening at the Craven Heifer which will also tie in with the dog dirt campaign.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council chiefs hosted a follow-up meeting earlier this month at The Old Function Rooms in Watery Lane, where the drop in dog dirt was reported.

Residents also showed a commitment to maintain the progress by promoting responsible dog ownership.

Coun Jim Smith, executive member for environment, said: “I am pleased to see measures we have taken to tackle dog fouling have led to residents in Marsh House reporting a reduction in what is a disgusting and anti-social act.

“We will carry on working hard with residents to ensure we continue this trend both in the Marsh House area, and across the borough, making sure that those who allow their dog to foul in our community are prosecuted, and named and shamed in the press.”

Residents who want to get involved in tackling dog fouling can call 01254 585397.