Dog Mess Problem
Dog fouling on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field is
becoming a serious problem.
Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust and
Hethersett Athletic Football Club are becoming increasingly concerned at the
levels of excrement that could pose a major problem to children’s health.
Now the two groups have combined to make a public
appeal to dog owners and walkers to clean up after their animals.
“There exists a problem with some irresponsible dog
walkers and owners and the situation has become so dire that we are having to
appeal to dog owners to take this issue seriously. It is not fair that the
football club has to check and clear the pitches each time they have a match
or practice,” said Dr Elizabeth Meakings, chair of the Hethersett Memorial
Playing Field Trust which oversees the running of the field.
“This issue can compromise the health of about 100
children who use the facilities on a Saturday morning and also youngsters
using the play areas on a regular basis. They are being put at serious risk as
the faeces of dogs contain Toxocara eggs which can cause serious damage and
even lead to blindness, especially to younger children.
“This threat is preventable if dog owners and
walkers clear up after their dogs immediately as fresh faeces are not
infective. The danger is that the Toxocara eggs remain in the soil long after
the faeces have disintegrated. The Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust has
supplied ample doggie bins for safe disposal,” Dr Meakings added.
Hethersett Athletic FC has also voiced its concern:
“We have had many instances this season of the
start of matches having to be delayed and games having to be stopped for dog
mess to be cleared up. It is of particular concern that the ignorant behaviour
of some dog owners should pose a health risk to many of our younger players
who regularly train and play on the field,” said club chairman Peter
“We are making an appeal for owners/walkers to
clear up their dog mess as we do not wish to ban dog walking on Hethersett
Memorial Playing Field as many playing fields and parks have done. We do not
want to punish responsible dog owners because of those who chose to be
irresponsible,” Dr Meakings said adding that there are substantial fines of
up to £1,000 for people who do not clear up their pet’s mess.