Residents have been rebuffed after asking for permission to stencil ‘no dog fouling’ notices on the ground through their Sheffield estate.
A request was made to Sheffield Council’s highways contractor Amey by residents of Wadsley Park Village, near Middlewood.
But a reply to residents said: “Amey are under clear obligations to remove clutter, graffiti and fly-posting from the highway network and so are not happy about supporting any signage that it not proven to work.
“It is illegal for anyone to mark a highway surface and the council’s highway authority have recently agreed that no such markings should be made city wide to ensure a consistent approach with respect to negative graffiti and commercial latex painting of surfaces.
“In essence, these are graffiti under the terms of the Amey contract.”
Coun David Baker, Stannington Liberal Democrat councillor, who represents the area, said: “The sight of dog fouling on local streets is quite disgusting and I’m pleased that residents are demanding action.
“So for the council to brand their proposals as ‘graffiti’ is one of the most absurd decisions I’ve heard.
“It’s quite clear that the council is neglecting our area and showing no interest in helping to solve the problems facing our local communities.” Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, Coun Jack Scott, said: “We are putting signs up to warn people against dog fouling in this area.
“Under Labour, the council is also getting tough on people who are caught dropping litter or dog fouling. In the last year the number of fines was the highest ever and we have taken on new enforcement staff.”