Dog walk­ers told to clean up after pets

Coun­cil­lor is­sues plea after chil­dren’s health fears high­lighted in na­tional me­dia

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PLEA to dog walk­ers to clean up after their pets, has been is­sued by a Rush­moor coun­cil­lor.

Coun­cil­lor Sue Carter, who rep­re­sents Cove and South­wood ward on Rush­moor Bor­ough Coun­cil, has urged dog own­ers to be more re­spon­si­ble.

There have been com­plaints in the na­tional me­dia about dog mess be­ing a health haz­ard to chil­dren and Cllr Carter is call­ing for the mi­nor­ity of ir­re­spon­si­ble dog walk­ers to show more re­spect for fel­low park users.

The call comes after a re­cent lit­ter pick by Em­press, Cove, St John’s and Fern­hill coun­cil­lors in Cove Green and Blun­den Road Park which high­lighted the need for greater re­spon­si­bil­ity from dog walk­ers and others who drop lit­ter.

Cllr Carter said: “We have some won­der­ful parks in Rush­moor and it is great that dog walk­ers, fam­i­lies and ev­ery­one can make use of them. We are a na­tion of dog lovers and that is clear ev­ery time you go through one of the parks.

“It is a shame, though, how a few peo­ple ruin it for ev­ery­one.

“It does not take long to clear up after your dog – and those few peo­ple who don’t bother, give all dog walk­ers a bad name.

“There are plenty of bins around in most parks but if any­one thinks there needs to be any more just let us know and we’ll get it sorted.

“We re­ally can­not put up with chil­dren’s health be­ing put at risk in this way.

“If you don’t clean up after your dog you can get fined – but what’s worse is that you leave the parks in a state that others will not be able to en­joy – and ev­ery­one loses.”

Fixed penalty no­tices of £75 can be is­sued to dog own­ers who do not clean up their mess.

Cllr Carter added: “I’ve no­ticed a few dog walk­ers who ac­tu­ally go so far as to clean up any other mess they find, even if it isn’t from their dog. They are amaz­ing – and de­serve all our thanks.”

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Mayor of Rush­moor, Cllr Diane Bed­ford, cen­tre, tries out the new play area with Welling­ton Cen­tre man­ager Jemma Fern, Juliet and Keavie-Rae.

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