Dog mess sign cleaned up after 'foul' language complaint

Alf Halligan with the notice outside his house

A close up of Alf's amended sign

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FURIOUS resident who put up a sign telling dog walkers not to let their animals foul outside his home was ordered to take it own after it was deemed offensive by Bolton Council.

Alf Halligan, of Affleck Avenue, Stoneclough, attached a notice to a telegraph pole in front of his home asking dog owners not to leave their pets’ mess outside — but the notice used an offensive word.

The 69-year-old had noticed dog mess outside his gate on three consecutive mornings.

Several days later he was visited by a Bolton Council officer who told him an anonymous complainant had said the sign’s wording was offensive and he would have to take it down.

After altering the offending word to “muck”, Mr Halligan said he was allowed to leave the sign up and has since spotted no more dog mess near his gate.

He said: “I was hoping to prick the conscience of whoever had let their dog poo outside my gate three nights in a row.

“When the man from Bolton Council turned up in a van I think he was expecting a big three foot sign — not a five inch by five inch piece of paper.

“I altered the wording to ‘muck’ and they said they were happy with that. If that offends them they are someone very soft.”

Mr Halligan, who has lived in the property since 1972, said dog mess on the street near his house has been an issue over the years.

He added: “I have a dog myself but I would never let it foul on the street without cleaning it up.

“Since I put the sign up there has been no more dog mess, so it has obviously worked.”

A Bolton Council spokesman added: “We received a complaint that a notice containing offensive language was placed in a public place on a telegraph pole.

“On visiting the site our enforcement officer approached the person who installed the sign and asked him to remove it, which he did.

“The man decided to place the sign on his gate and we advised him that we have no powers to remove it from his property.

“However, we do ask that people choose appropriate language that is not likely to offend anyone when erecting signs.”

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3:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

heaton watcher says...

"****" is "****" and that's all there is to it. I'd do the same if it happened outside my house!
"****" is "****" and that's all there is to it. I'd do the same if it happened outside my house! heaton watcher
  • Score: 8

8:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

keithyno.1 says...

So some Bolton Council official takes time out to visit Mr Halligan specially (a visit which probably cost us council tax payers about fifty quid, taking the officer's hourly rate of pay and travel expenses into account) to tell him he has to take the sign down, because it's deemed offensive...to who, exactly? Why and how is the word S**T offensive?? We ALL do it, at least every day in most people's cases along with all domestic and wild animals. If someone honestly finds that word offensive then they must have been wrapped up in cotton wool all their lives.
The council and its officers would be far better off enforcing the bye-laws they have at their disposal to prevent dog fouling in the first place, but of course we are always told there isn't the resources due to 'the cuts'...well they could probably pay about 5 extra dog wardens if they got rid of the post of Director of Development and Regeneration, for all the good the incumbent of that post does for this absolute s**t hole of a town.
I do hope I've not offended anyone, by the way.
So some Bolton Council official takes time out to visit Mr Halligan specially (a visit which probably cost us council tax payers about fifty quid, taking the officer's hourly rate of pay and travel expenses into account) to tell him he has to take the sign down, because it's deemed offensive...to who, exactly? Why and how is the word S**T offensive?? We ALL do it, at least every day in most people's cases along with all domestic and wild animals. If someone honestly finds that word offensive then they must have been wrapped up in cotton wool all their lives. The council and its officers would be far better off enforcing the bye-laws they have at their disposal to prevent dog fouling in the first place, but of course we are always told there isn't the resources due to 'the cuts'...well they could probably pay about 5 extra dog wardens if they got rid of the post of Director of Development and Regeneration, for all the good the incumbent of that post does for this absolute s**t hole of a town. I do hope I've not offended anyone, by the way. keithyno.1
  • Score: 10

11:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bumpy6 says...

We live on the same street as Alf and we had the same problem until i made a sign and put it on the gate.We are not the only ones to put signs up other neighbours have. Signs go up and the mess stops. Its seems to be someone walking late into the night..My sign says DOGS DONT HAVE HANDS BUT YOU DO SO PICK IT UP!. Affleck Avenue gets worse when weather warms up and you have too walk in the road. Our signs work better than the council ones. For someone to complain about a naughty word, bet they would have a few to say when they walk it through the house all over the carpet.
We live on the same street as Alf and we had the same problem until i made a sign and put it on the gate.We are not the only ones to put signs up other neighbours have. Signs go up and the mess stops. Its seems to be someone walking late into the night..My sign says DOGS DONT HAVE HANDS BUT YOU DO SO PICK IT UP!. Affleck Avenue gets worse when weather warms up and you have too walk in the road. Our signs work better than the council ones. For someone to complain about a naughty word, bet they would have a few to say when they walk it through the house all over the carpet. bumpy6
  • Score: 8

11:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Notice how Alf has placed this sign on a telegraph pole that is not owned by himself?

Alf I would vehemently advice you place this sign on a wooden stake and board in your garden before your are hit by a fine by some other jobsworthtard.

Seeeeriously mate!

But yes you are right... and for that person's information who keeps putting dog sh!t in my bin at varying hours - stop it... take your sh!t with you. Or one day you might find yourself wearing it.
Notice how Alf has placed this sign on a telegraph pole that is not owned by himself? Alf I would vehemently advice you place this sign on a wooden stake and board in your garden before your are hit by a fine by some other jobsworthtard. Seeeeriously mate! But yes you are right... and for that person's information who keeps putting dog sh!t in my bin at varying hours - stop it... take your sh!t with you. Or one day you might find yourself wearing it. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 6

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