Dogs threatened with park ban due to mess

A responsible dog owner walks his pet in the park
A responsible dog owner walks his pet in the park

Dogs could be banned from a village recreation ground if owners do not pick up their mess.

Stone parish councillors are reluctantly considering the ban because it is impacting on people who use the War Memorial Recreation Ground on the Oxford Road.

Parish council clerk Allison Stone said: “The council has recently completed installation of a lovely new pavilion which has facilities for sports teams. We now host two football teams at the weekend as well as taking casual bookings for things like rounders teams.

“Dog fouling has been an ongoing problem. It seems to be the minority of people that will just not take responsibility for their dog fouling, to the point now that it is an issue. The councillors are very upset about it. The groundsman goes around strimming and gets covered in it.

“We can’t charge people to use a ground which has dog excrement on it. The last thing we need is people playing sport when there is dog mess within the grounds.

“If people don’t heed the signs and use the dog bins provided we are monitoring the situation and the councillors will consider banning dogs or insisting on them being on leads and remaining on the perimeter of the ground.”

Mrs Stone said this was not something the councillors really want to do but owners need to take responsibility and recognise that the ground has a football pitch and children are playing in the area.

Extra signage is now going to be installed and the council is also enquiring about increasing the visits of the district council dog warden to the area.

In addition to the pavilion and the football pitches, the ground also has a play area for small children and seating for people to rest and relax. Over the school summer holidays Play Around The Parishes is booked to visit three times.

Football teams which use the ground are Rivetts FC on a Saturday and Scouting For Goals FC on a Sunday.