School pupils design signs for cycle path

West Row primary ANL-150324-135452001
West Row primary ANL-150324-135452001

Pupils at West Row primary school will see signs they designed asked dog walkers to clean up after their pets put up by a council later this year.

Youngsters had to come up with an eye catching signs for a cycle path between the village and Mildenhall in a competition run by Forest Heath District Council.

Loraina Correa in Class Asia won the Key Stage One competition, while Florence Brewer and Alani Saward were joint first place in the Key Stage Two competition.

“We know there is an issue with dog fouling on the cycle path and these signs will encourage dog walkers to be responsible and to recognise the health hazards that this mess may present, particularly to the school children travelling along there,” said council leader James Waters.

“The council stopped employing dog wardens over five years ago – very few fines were issued as the wardens would need to catch people in the act, not just on the cycle path but across the whole of Forest Heath. Education is the answer and that is why I am delighted that Geraldine Ciantar, head teacher at West Row encouraged her children to take part in this competition.”

Cllr David Bowman,, said: “The children have really taken to this project and have come up with some wonderfully imaginative designs.

“It was a tough decision but we have managed to select a winner and two runners up for each of the age groups. At least three of these designs will now be turned into signs that will be put up on the cycle path later in the year. It is great to see the school playing such as active role in the community and I am delighted to be able to present the children with prizes for their fabulous work.”

Mrs Ciantar said: “Taking part in the competition has given the children a brilliant opportunity to discuss how they can contribute to keeping the environment clean and safe for everyone. They talked about the disposal of litter, clearing up after dogs and safe cycling. We hope that they will remember the message of their posters when they are out and about with their families.”

Runners up were Chloe Isenhart, Olivia Rivard and Lucy Ransley with Katherine Alvarado. Heidi Allum and Mia Nunn in third place.