Chirk Town Council has introduced new dog fouling signs that have a “clearer and more visual message”.

The council discussed at the March meeting that new signs with aluminium backing will be implemented around Chirk, particularly at Chapel Lane recreation ground where Chirk Youth FC play football and have had to clear the pitch of dog mess before playing.

Councillors hope that the new signs will be more difficult to remove than the current laminated ones that are currently up around the town.

“I think we need a clearer and more visual message on these signs,” said Councillor Eleanor Burnham.

“At first we made a polite request to pick up after your dog, but now I think we need to take word ‘polite’ off as it’s just getting ridiculous.”

Councillors agreed with the decision to make the signs more serious. Cllr Brian Colley said: “We need to try and stop the problem. There is so much mess what we’re really talking about is the fact children’s health is at stake.”