WARNING – this post has sweary words in it.
Leith is renowned for having more creative folk per square inch than other parts of Scotland. Sadly, it also seems to have more dog turds per square inch too.
These two factors perhaps help to explain the rapid rise of the latest Leith-themed Facebook phenomenon: The Leith Anti Jobby Lobby.
The page owners have created some pull-no-punches campaign graphics and leithers who are tired of the turd torment are being invited to upload their turd photos to the page. The owners say it, “is designed for you to upload your crappy photos… We really want to highlight the scale of this problem that blights our favourite part of Edinburgh.”
Asked to explain a bit about their motivations they added: “We’re a couple of creative directors who work in a local ad agency. We’ve both lived in Leith for years and have noticed the problem of dog poo has been getting worse and worse of late. We just got tired of it I guess. And if we’re tired of it, we can’t imagine what parents with kids or other people who care about the community think.
“We figured if we can get some Likes we can approach the local mp. And we hope the posters make the culprits think about what they’re doing and maybe change their behaviour.”
By focussing their obvious ire squarely at local irresponsible dog owners The Leith Anti Jobby Lobby have taken the opposite approach from our earlier campaign which sought to focus on the feel good factor responsible dog owners get when they look after their neighbourhood by picking up their dogs poo.
Whichever approach campaigns take, they all need to be backed up by effective enforcement action from the council.
Leith has historically had a raw deal from council enforcement services, but service managers have promised a crack down recently. And as the council has recently hired twelve additional Environmental Wardens, there is hope that some may find their way to Leith.
We’ve documented citizen-led dog poo campaign notices before on this blog but we’ve never seen any that are quite so blunt. Certainly, they’re likely to really get people talking if any posters go up with these graphics in the real world.
Will you be joining the Leith Anti Jobby Lobby? You can share your crappy photos on their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/antijobbylobby