Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

DOGS could be banned from play­ing fields (Septem­ber 21) Justin Grant: I think a play­ing field ban is a good idea in prin­ci­ple. The idea of hav­ing fields for week­end teams and kids to play on, with­out hav­ing to worry about dog muck, is spot on. How­ever, how will this be po­liced? Sim­ple an­swer is it won’t. Ken Moss: To any­one who has never done ‘The Sweep’ be­fore a fair or sport event, let me tell you that there are an amaz­ing num­ber of truly thought­less peo­ple out there who re­ally don’t care about any­one else or the con­se­quences of what their dog is leav­ing be­hind. It’s a re­ally nasty, time con­sum­ing job to have to comb a field be­fore it can be used for a weekly kids’ foot­ball match. This is why dog walk­ers are tar­geted, the few spoil­ing it for the many who DO pick up. It just baf­fles me that in­stead of rail­ing against the peo­ple who do it, the same old names rail against the coun­cil in­stead. Michelle Mc­Don­agh: I walk my dog in the ceme­tery when we go to visit my nephews head­stone and other fam­ily mem­bers’ head­stones, but I AL­WAYS pick up af­ter my dog. I en­sure she does not foul near any graves be­cause I think it’s dis­re­spect­ful and she is kept on the lead at all times. Un­for­tu­nately not all own­ers do that. Per­haps if they did it wouldn’t come to this. So yes, I would sup­port it if it means [oth­ers] can’t al­low their dogs to foul in ar­eas like that. I will gladly stick to foot­paths and lo­cal dog walk­ing ar­eas in­stead. Rachel Ar­mitage: Trou­ble is, the peo­ple that would ac­tu­ally com­ply with this or­der aren’t the ones that you need to tar­get. Natasha De-Maine: I know what it’s like on Sun­day play­ing foot­ball while there is dog poo. Yes it is an­noy­ing, game gets stopped and it gets picked up - job done. There’s just as much [dog poo] on the street too. I just feel as though those gen­uine dog walk­ers are be­ing marginalised. Ev­ery­one could do a bet­ter job in en­sur­ing ar­eas are bet­ter kept e.g. dog war­dens tar­get­ing fields at high peak times when most take their dog for a walk not when there’s no one about and those ir­re­spon­si­ble ones be­ing pun­ished ap­pro­pri­ately.

COSTA Cof­fee and Ice­land Food Ware­house to open at re­tail park (Septem­ber 21) Josh Cook: I find it quite dis­heart­en­ing with all the in­de­pen­dent cof­fee shops and cafes we have in Ac­cring­ton, Costa is al­ways the busiest place in town. Jazz Smith: I think it’s great that more busi­ness is com­ing to the area but the town cen­tres are more im­por­tant. These busi­nesses open­ing in this lo­ca­tion is not much good to those of us who don’t drive.

DE­VEL­OP­ERS eye for­mer Great Har­wood mill site for 47-home scheme: Nel­lie Dee: We do not need any more houses full stop! We haven’t got enough doc­tors or schools to help ac­com­mo­date the new houses. Stop build­ing houses and maybe build a school or some­thing that’s ac­tu­ally use­ful. Put new garages on the land or busi­ness plots etc! Gt Har­wood is strug­gling. We need more shops like fruit and veg shop, DIY shop, fish mon­gers and a pet shop. There are lots of things that this land could be used for so why build more houses that are not needed? The houses that have been built al­ready still all haven’t been filled why build more?

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