BOYS and girls in the east end of Greenock have ruled out foul play - after persuading Inverclyde Council to install a dog dirt bin outside their nursery.

Youngsters at Gibshill Children's Centre made the request to the local authority as part of their ongoing campaign to clean up their community.

The council was happy to oblige and a dog dirt bin was installed outside the Smillie Street nursery so that pet owners have no excuse but to pick up after their animals.

Youngsters and staff have been on a crusade to rid the area of litter and prevent fouling.

Craig Scott, depute head of centre, said: "Children and families coming into the nursery identified dog fouling as a problem in the area. "We had a chat about it and spoke about what we could do to help and the support from parents has been brilliant. "It was decided that we should look into putting in a bin.

"We're also looking to add bag dispensers and we successfully applied for a £200 grant from the Wrigley Litter Less initiative which we used to pay for banners and posters designed by the children. "On top of that, we've been out and about in the community spreading the message about our campaign. "We've had a lot of good feedback and support from people because it is an important issue. "We're delighted that the local authority have provided a bin for us. "The support from the council, parents and the community has been absolutely fantastic."

Council environmental services staff Thomas Sinnamon and John McLeish installed the bin and invited the children to help out.

It is now ensuring that the pavements in the neighbourhood are clear of dog dirt, which can be a serious health hazard.

Nursery pupil Kian McLeod said: "If you don't pick up after your dog it can make other animals sick and it can get into your shoes and the tyres on your bike."