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Dog fouling affecting Aylesbury junior football team

Dog fouling affecting Aylesbury junior football team

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:29pm 28th January 2020.

Stoke Mandeville's junior teams have seen a rise in dog fouling on their pitches.

Eskdale Road playing fields are used by the junior teams for practice and matches.

Ben Farrow is a volunteer team manager and say his teams are constantly affected by the issue:

"We are coming across anything between 5-10 pieces of dog excrement which is just not acceptable.

"I have to turn up extra early every week to ensure it is safe for the children, dispose of any dog waste antibacterial spray and dispose of it in the dog bins.

"It's not very nice, and its not a safe environment for kids from the age of 6-15. It's not comfortable and it seems to be a growing problem."

The issue has been reported to the Parish Council, who have worked hard with the teams to give them a space to train and play after their previous grounds closed. 

They are looking into new preventative methods to tackle the matter.

Dog owners are reminded that it is a criminal offence for their dog to defecate on public land and the owner fail to remove it.

A person who doesn't clean up after their dog may face an on-the-spot fine of up to £80.

If a person refuses to pay they can be taken to the local Magistrates Court for the dog fouling offence and fined up to £1,000.

The Parish Council are also said to be using CCTV to pass on the details to the AVDC dog warden and TVP.

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