Clean up or clear off – dog owners warned over mess

Princes Risborough dog poo message. Picture by Susie Kearley, village correspondent
Princes Risborough dog poo message. Picture by Susie Kearley, village correspondent
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Dogs could be banned from Princes Risborough parks if owners continue to fail to pick up their poo.

One resident was so angered by the persistent problem around town they graffitied ‘Clean up your dog pooh [sic]’ on the pavement where Berryfield Road joins The Avenue.

Football teams playing in Wades Park and Earle Mitchell have complained of having to clean the pitches before using them at the weekend.

To try and tackle the mess, the town council is to ask for volunteer dog wardens to patrol the streets and parks and give advice to pet owners.

Councillor John Coombs warned owners could be forced to keep dogs on leads at all times in parks or be banned from walking the animals there if the problem persists.

He said: “Banning them would be something that we would look at in future years if this fouling continues.

“Because we have got these big parks people seem to think it’s OK to let their dogs roam free and do what they want.

“We have got to get the message out because it is certainly not the image that we want for the town.”

In nearby Monks Risborough the council is considering fencing off play equipment to protect it as dog faeces around it has become a problem.

The town council can fine people who do no clean up their dog’s poo and there is a warden who patrols the area.

However, one warden covers the whole district and so rarely visits the town. As a result, the council hopes to get volunteers to help keep an eye on things.

Mr Coombs said: “We want dog owners to take responsibility for their pets and clean up rather than have us come down heavy on them.”