A call for residents to be given free cameras to snap dog foulers in the act has been pooh-poohed.
Morecambe Town Council had been asked to buy a small number of cameras to loan out to angry locals.
Householders would then be able to photograph dog walkers who fail to clear up after their pooch.
The pictures would be used by police and the Lancaster City Council dog warden as evidence to help them issue fines to culprits. But the town council decided such a scheme would be unworkable.
Sergeant Lindsay Brown of Morecambe police suggested the idea to the council on behalf of residents.
“Our PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) have powers to issue fixed penalty notices to offenders,” said Sgt Brown.
“But people tend to clear up after their dogs when they are around. Morecambe Town Council approached us and asked what they could do, so we said people could get their own evidence by taking a photograph. But not everybody has a camera phone.
“The cameras could be loaned out to residents in a specific location which is suffering badly.”
Bill Webster, a resident of Torrisholme, welcomed the idea.
Mr Webster, 83, has been forced to clear dog dirt from outside his home “five or six times” in recent months.
“I think it’s a great idea although the dog dirt is being left outside my house at night or early morning.
“I think I’m being targeted. My wife is about to have a heart bypass operation and it’s bothered her.”
David Croxall, clerk to the town council, said councillors believed there would be minimal take-up of the cameras.