Camp is a dumping ground for dog mess
Popular area blighted despite presence of bin
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.
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