Dogs face playing fields ban

BANNING dogs completely from public playing fields may be the only way to stop problems with fouling, concerned councillors in Upton have said.

Upton Town Council has fought a long-running battle against problems with dog mess, particularly on the town playing fields which are used by children and local sports teams.

But with no end to the problems in sight, former mayor Eric White feels enough is enough and it could be time to ban dogs from the fields off Old Street completely.

He said nearby Stocks Yatt Meadow, next to the main A4104 road at the bottom of Tunnel Hill, could then be made into a dedicated dog walking area.

“I don’t know how much money and how many hours have been spent on this matter over the years,” he said.

“The only solution I think we have got to the problem is to ban dogs completely from the playing fields.”

The council is planning to put up extra signs and request a crackdown on enforcement in a last-ditch attempt to solve the problem.

But councillors are sceptical it will have a real impact when similar attempts in the past have failed to yield lasting results.

“Until it becomes as antisocial as drink-driving or other things, then it will continue to be an issue,” said Coun Sheena Walsh.

Coun John Thompson said: “We have tackled this problem time and time again and short of prohibition I don’t see this problem ever going away no matter how many signs we have.”

The matter has now been placed in the hands of the council’s sport and recreation working group, which will report back with recommendations.

If the situation does not improve, it was suggested the issue could be re-visited at the annual town meeting in May, when the public would be able to have a say on any move to ban dogs from the playing fields.

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5:12pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Hwicce says...

Good, the sooner the better. Can they ban dogs from the playing fields in Worcester as well?
Good, the sooner the better. Can they ban dogs from the playing fields in Worcester as well? Hwicce
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6:31pm Fri 3 Jan 14

yeller says...

No need to ban the dogs, just the owners from keeping dogs, the dirty disgusting mess around St Johns is awful but it is not the fault of the dogs that their keepers fail to clean up after them.
No need to ban the dogs, just the owners from keeping dogs, the dirty disgusting mess around St Johns is awful but it is not the fault of the dogs that their keepers fail to clean up after them. yeller
  • Score: 11

11:57am Sat 4 Jan 14

Chronos says...

What a good idea.

And while we're at it, can we stop people keeping cats as pets too? Their owners appear to be under no obligation whatsoever to clean up after their filthy animals have deposited their mess in other people's gardens.

I fail to understand the dichotomy that exists between the responsibilities of dog owners and cat owners. And it's not just in cleaning up their mess. Dog owners are required to keep their animals under control (whether on a lead or not) in public, whereas cat owners have no obligation to do so. Imagine the uproar there would be if (uncontrolled) dogs were destroying a mere fraction of the wildlife that cats kill every year.

But don't worry feline fanciers, it will never happen. It would be electoral suicide for any party proposing such a civilised and responsible piece of legislation.
What a good idea. And while we're at it, can we stop people keeping cats as pets too? Their owners appear to be under no obligation whatsoever to clean up after their filthy animals have deposited their mess in other people's gardens. I fail to understand the dichotomy that exists between the responsibilities of dog owners and cat owners. And it's not just in cleaning up their mess. Dog owners are required to keep their animals under control (whether on a lead or not) in public, whereas cat owners have no obligation to do so. Imagine the uproar there would be if (uncontrolled) dogs were destroying a mere fraction of the wildlife that cats kill every year. But don't worry feline fanciers, it will never happen. It would be electoral suicide for any party proposing such a civilised and responsible piece of legislation. Chronos
  • Score: 8

3:54pm Sat 4 Jan 14

CHANDBRUSH says...

What about all the broken glass and tin cans etc .Pity councillors have nothing better to talk about but I suppose they need to claim expenses.
What about all the broken glass and tin cans etc .Pity councillors have nothing better to talk about but I suppose they need to claim expenses. CHANDBRUSH
  • Score: 0

4:07pm Sat 4 Jan 14

drbeat says...

Excellent news! Let these things sh*t in the owners back yard!
Excellent news! Let these things sh*t in the owners back yard! drbeat
  • Score: -1

7:00pm Sat 4 Jan 14

js says...

Upton Town Councillors do not get expenses or allowances. They may claim for out of pocket expenses but most don't. It's the same for all parish councils.
Upton Town Councillors do not get expenses or allowances. They may claim for out of pocket expenses but most don't. It's the same for all parish councils. js
  • Score: 3

4:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

WhyBother says...

Its always a pleasure playing on Upton football pitch, especially sliding through the dog doo everywhere!.
Its always a pleasure playing on Upton football pitch, especially sliding through the dog doo everywhere!. WhyBother
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Tue 7 Jan 14

moo999 says...

Does that mean that dogs will be banned from other areas of upton then? School Lane footpath is normally covered in it which is then unintentionally trampled along the footpath even further by children on their way to school. The footpath is narrow but there is no excuse to not pick up after your dog.
If you aren't willing to pick up after it then don't walk it in places where other people walk! I have 2 dogs and regularly walk them on the fields around Upton, including the sports fields, but always have poop bags and clear up, often coming back with 5-6 bags. It doesn't bother me, it's something that comes with having a dog!
On the other hand maybe the council could look at putting more dog bins around? I can only think of 2 dog bins in Upton and I think they are both by the marina.
Does that mean that dogs will be banned from other areas of upton then? School Lane footpath is normally covered in it which is then unintentionally trampled along the footpath even further by children on their way to school. The footpath is narrow but there is no excuse to not pick up after your dog. If you aren't willing to pick up after it then don't walk it in places where other people walk! I have 2 dogs and regularly walk them on the fields around Upton, including the sports fields, but always have poop bags and clear up, often coming back with 5-6 bags. It doesn't bother me, it's something that comes with having a dog! On the other hand maybe the council could look at putting more dog bins around? I can only think of 2 dog bins in Upton and I think they are both by the marina. moo999
  • Score: 1

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