CAYTON residents and parish councillors are joining forces to declare war on dog fouling.
A committee has been formed to tackle the problem and posters are going up around the village.
Campaigners have also been on a walk-round in Cayton to highlight problem areas and raise awareness of the issue.
Parish clerk Helen Carter said: “It’s become a real problem. We have a lot of green areas in the village where people let their dogs out and don’t clean up after them.
“We’re hoping this campaign will have an impact over time. We’ve had a good reception from people so far, with some villagers offering to display posters on their fences or hedges.”
Miss Carter added that the project is being supported by the Cayton Residents’ Action Group and Cayton in Bloom.
Scarborough’s mayor John Blackburn, who is borough councillor for the ward, is also backing the move.
He said: “It’s always been a major issue.
“Despite what’s been done about it, it doesn’t get a lot better.
“It seems to get worse in winter when people take their dogs out after dark.
“It’s absolutely diabolical and I applaud the parish council for their campaign. I’d like to think it will have a positive effect.”
Cllr Blackburn added that a lot of people in Cayton do complain about dog fouling and though the dog wardens are very good, it can be difficult to catch people.
He said: “We’re going to make every effort with this. I hope the posters shame those responsible into doing something about it.”
The problem is not just about dogs fouling the pavement, but about people disposing of bags in hedge bottoms rather than bins.
A similar scheme has proved successful in Osgodby and those in Cayton are hoping their area will benefit too.
Residents can help by calling Scarborough Council on (01723) 232323 if they see anyone who does not clean up after their dog.