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?