SEVEN-year-old Jake Stafford from Shirley is leading a campaign to tackle the problem of dog mess in his neighbourhood.
And the Chamberlain Crescent resident feels so strongly about cleaning up the local area that he has got in touch with his local MP, Lorely Burt, for help.
Jake, a Haslucks Green Junior School pupil, told the Solihull News the constant stream of dog mess along the street not only spoils the appearance of his local area but also gets in the way of his valuable playing out time.
“I had a new scooter for Christmas and my mum and dad let me play out in the Crescent with my friends. I love playing out but everytime I scoot along the pavement, I keep scooting through dog mess. It gets in the wheels and I have to go back into the house to clean it off. I do find this spoils my fun.
“I think people should clean up the dog mess and stop leaving it in the middle of the pavement for people to walk through.”
Jake decided to write to his MP, Mrs Burt, to ask for a dog bin in his road or at the entry to the gulley and signs reminding people to clean up after their dogs.
He added: “The gulley is used by a lot of dog walkers and is a route to Burman and Haslucks School.”
The youngster, who used to be on the council at Burman Infants, said: “I really enjoyed it because if anything big was happening at the school, we would get to find out first and make important decisions.”
Mrs Burt said this week she would write to the chief environment officer to find out if Jake’s requests could be granted.