Camp is a dump­ing ground for dog mess

Popular area blighted de­spite pres­ence of bin

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

CALLS have been made for pet own­ers to be re­spon­si­ble and to make sure they dis­pose of dog mess.

A grass verge in Val­ley Way near to the foot­path for Bul­strode Camp, a popular area in Ger­rards Cross for dog walk­ers, has been used as a dump­ing area for used dog bags.

This is de­spite a dog bin be­ing sit­u­ated at the nearby foot­path en­trance.

A vol­un­teer work­ing on be­half of Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil last week cleared about 30 bags of dog mess from the site and placed them in the dog bin to clear the area, and peo­ple are now be­ing told that they should make sure they use the fa­cil­i­ties in the vil­lage, in or­der to make sure that Ger­rards Cross is clean and tidy.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown, who lives nearby in Ox­ford Road, said: “It’s been an on­go­ing prob­lem and we can’t work out why be­cause a bin is pro­vided.

“It seems that if one per­son does it, ev­ery­one else thinks it’s ac­cept­able, but it just looks a mess and isn’t very nice.”

Peo­ple have also been warned that leav­ing dog mess on the streets is a crim­i­nal of­fence, re­gard­less of whether it is in a bag, be­cause of the health risks it can carry.

Jen­nifer Woolveridge, of Ger­rards Cross Parish Coun­cil, who is also the port­fo­lio holder for health and hous­ing at South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil, said: “Not only is dog foul­ing filthy, it is a health risk be­cause it can carry round­worm par­a­sites called tox­o­cara.

“In hu­mans, this can re­sult in the con­di­tion tox­o­cari­a­sis which, in se­vere cases, can re­sult in blind­ness.

“If you can’t find a dog bin, bag your pet’s mess and take it home for dis­posal, or place it in a sealed bag and put it in a stan­dard lit­ter bin.”

Any­one found to be not dis­pos­ing of dog mess prop­erly can be given a for­mal warn­ing or a fixed penalty no­tice, which can be up to £1,000.

The parish coun­cil is now ask­ing for any fu­ture in­ci­dents to be re­ported so that it can be dealt with as quickly as pos­si­ble.

The coun­cil con­tacted by 01753 888 027. can be


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