LLANFAIRFECHAN’s streets are cleaner of dog mess thanks to an initiative by a group of local councillors.

They decided to attach bins filled with free doggie poo bags to lampposts throughout the town. Dog owners can take the bags while walking their pets, fill them and put them in any of Conwy County Borough Council’s rubbish bins.

Cllr Penny Andow, who serves on both Llanfairfechan Town Council and the Borough Council, said: “Because of the problems with dog fouling throughout the county I decided to try to encourage dog walkers to pick up their dog waste. So I contacted Conwy Council and they supplied dog bank dispensers.

“With the help of town councillors Alison Chadwick and Nia Jones, we secured dispensers on 100 lamp posts around the town.”

“The results have been amazing as people have started to use the bags and the decrease in dog fouling is noticeable.

She added: “The dispensers are regularly checked and refilled.

“The idea is now being used by other councils even as far away as Scotland.

“Our motto has become: bag it, bin in keep our village beautiful.”

A spokesman for Llanfairfechan Town Council said: “Councillors had this idea and Conwy County Borough Council which has supported us with a supply of dog poo bags. We are trying to do our best to improve the local environment.

“It has been a great success, people are using it, and we’ve noticed a difference in the cleanliness of our streets.

“We aim to cover all the wards in the town with the scheme. There are lots of lampposts on the promenade because that is where a lot of people walk their dogs. But there are also many throughout the village.