PEMBROKE Town Council is working on a new approach to tackling dog fouling in the town, with its new dog watch/signage scheme.

The town council is working with lead public health officer Steve Morbey and the dog warden team.

At a well-advertised, but rather poorly attended, public meeting, the team unveiled high visibility jackets that will hopefully be worn by new volunteer dog wardens, an idea previously been piloted by a Freshwater East team and a similar group from Saundersfoot.

Willing, and public-spirited dog owners are asked to don these jackets when they walk their pooches out and about in Pembroke.

The jackets have the words Volunteer Dog Watch emblazoned on the back. It is hoped that, just by being a visible presence, they will be enough to deter irresponsible dog owners.

The volunteers will carry bags and offer them to anyone they think could be in need of one.

There will also be new anti-dog fouling signs, designed by Owen James of Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembroke Town Clerk Suzie Thomas, Pembroke councillor Mel Phillips, Steve Morbey, and dog warden Ruth Edwards.

These signs will be erected in places where dog mess is particularly prevalent.

If any member of the public has suggestions where in Pembroke signs should be placed, please contact Suzie Thomas at the town hall, where poo bags will also be shortly available to purchase.

If you are a responsible dog owner who wants to wear a high visibility jacket while walking your dog, please make yourself known to town clerk Suzie, or assistant town clerk Mandy at the town hall. They will make sure that your jackets are waiting for you.

Pembroke Town Council may be contacted on 01646 683 092.