A NEW piece of a machinery designed to pick up dog mess has hit the streets of Hastings.
The portable machine, nicknamed Henry the Poover, is being used to rid the pavements and roads blighted by dog fouling.
Four of the portable machines, which also suck up leaves and other small items of pavement rubbish, have been bought by Hastings Borough Council.
On Monday, Councillors Phil Scott, Kim Forward and Andrew Cartwright went to have a look at the new machines at work in one of the hotspot areas, Woodland Vale Road.
Cllr Scott, the council’s lead member for environment, said: “We have a commitment to provide clean and safe streets for the people of Hastings and that is what we intend to do.
“Whether it is purchasing new machinery or continuing with our robust enforcement policy by handing out fines, we will continue to find ways to tackle this problem.”
The machinery will focus on areas identified by officers as ‘hotspots’ for dog fouling activity and monitored to assess whether the new approach is successful.