Dog muck hazard for young footballers in Horwich

Dog muck hazard for young footballers in Horwich

Dog muck hazard for young footballers in Horwich

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

YOUNG footballers are regularly falling in dog muck because of irresponsible pet owners, a club secretary has claimed.

Lesley Allon, the secretary at Horwich St Mary’s Junior Football Club, said volunteers at football clubs are often forced to clear pitches before matches and training due to dog mess not being collected.

Her comments come in the wake of Dan Urmston, aged 45, of Whitton Mews, Horwich, being caught and brought before Bolton Magistrates Court.

A council official saw him leaving dog mess in Scholes Bank Playing Field, Horwich.

He was fined £100 for failing to remove the waste and was ordered to pay £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

He admitted failing to remove the waste and failing to give the officer his details.

St Mary’s Junior Football Club has 10 teams who train at Scholes Bank Playing Field.

Mrs Allon said: “Dog fouling is a mammoth problem and not just for us. I think it’s absolutely disgraceful that we have to spend at least half an hour clearing the pitch and then we have to take the excrement home to dispose of.

"Perhaps more bins would help and if they were emptied it might encourage more people to clear up after their pets.”

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We take the issue of dog fouling very seriously and operate a zero tolerance policy towards such offences.

"Anyone in control of a dog who fails to clear up their dog’s waste can be given a £75 fixed penalty notice and if they refuse to pay they can face a maximum penalty of £1,000.

“The council recognises that the majority of dog owners now clean up after their animals, however, dog fouling remains a general problem across the country.”

Dog fouling across Bolton led to almost 1,800 complaints about the amount of mess left on the town’s paths and parks between 2007 and 2012.

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10:52am Thu 13 Feb 14

SirTommy says...

Horwich centre and Chorley New Rd, Horwich are a nightmare for dodging dog mess when on foot. Since we moved here in 2000 my missus refuses to use the town instead preferring Chorley. I suggest a dedicated dog walking area - how about the Armstrong's site?
Horwich centre and Chorley New Rd, Horwich are a nightmare for dodging dog mess when on foot. Since we moved here in 2000 my missus refuses to use the town instead preferring Chorley. I suggest a dedicated dog walking area - how about the Armstrong's site? SirTommy
  • Score: 3

11:55am Thu 13 Feb 14

I, Ludicrous says...

To adults not still play on Bob's Brow? Presumably they get caked in dogshit as well. Irresponsible dog owners are a scourge upon decent folk.
To adults not still play on Bob's Brow? Presumably they get caked in dogshit as well. Irresponsible dog owners are a scourge upon decent folk. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: -2

12:34pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Lee3695 says...

I notice the council spokesman mentioning the zero tollerance to dog fouling and issue of fines, but nothing about, we will provide more bins and empty them. As I have said in a previous post, it has not been unusual to see a waste bin overflowing with dog waste bags to the point they are dropping onto the floor. As a dog owner I always do my part by cleaning up after my dog, but the council can do its bit by providing more places to dispose of waste bags, rather than focussing on issuing fines.
I notice the council spokesman mentioning the zero tollerance to dog fouling and issue of fines, but nothing about, we will provide more bins and empty them. As I have said in a previous post, it has not been unusual to see a waste bin overflowing with dog waste bags to the point they are dropping onto the floor. As a dog owner I always do my part by cleaning up after my dog, but the council can do its bit by providing more places to dispose of waste bags, rather than focussing on issuing fines. Lee3695
  • Score: 7

5:03pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Brumas says...

Just like I said the other day, I consider myself a responsible dog owner and if my dog defecates while out, no matter where I pick it up and carry it around for an hour or so if necessary, before I deposit it in my grey bin at home. Which coincidentally is supplied by the Council, so the refuse dept., can dispose of my dog's waste. Its all about what an individual considers their own responsibility, why should authorities at expense, supply dog waste bin's almost in the middle of nowhere, for people who are not willing to take their dogs waste home. These same people I refer to would think nothing of carrying a bag full of shopping around for hour in a Town or Shopping centre. I know I am getting old now and born of a different age, but I still carry pockets full of litter around until I get home and get rid of it where I should.
Just like I said the other day, I consider myself a responsible dog owner and if my dog defecates while out, no matter where I pick it up and carry it around for an hour or so if necessary, before I deposit it in my grey bin at home. Which coincidentally is supplied by the Council, so the refuse dept., can dispose of my dog's waste. Its all about what an individual considers their own responsibility, why should authorities at expense, supply dog waste bin's almost in the middle of nowhere, for people who are not willing to take their dogs waste home. These same people I refer to would think nothing of carrying a bag full of shopping around for hour in a Town or Shopping centre. I know I am getting old now and born of a different age, but I still carry pockets full of litter around until I get home and get rid of it where I should. Brumas
  • Score: 5

5:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Brumas says...

I also posted this the other day:-. Fine the perpetrators greatly and also make them clear up the area where they were caught, but not just of dog mess, litter as well, likewise litter droppers who when caught should be made to do the same. Perhaps to help solve the problem enforcement officers should have a dual role, litter /dog fouling.
I also posted this the other day:-. Fine the perpetrators greatly and also make them clear up the area where they were caught, but not just of dog mess, litter as well, likewise litter droppers who when caught should be made to do the same. Perhaps to help solve the problem enforcement officers should have a dual role, litter /dog fouling. Brumas
  • Score: 2

8:55am Fri 14 Feb 14

Gore Seer says...

Theres A Mountain Of Dog Poo In Tonge Moor.
Theres A Mountain Of Dog Poo In Tonge Moor. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1

9:52pm Tue 25 Feb 14

besheba says...

I'm a dog owner myself, albeit a responsible one and frequently when I pick up after my own dog, if there's another nearby, I'll pick that up as well. Yes, I do get angry with those dog owners that do not pick up after their dogs but no more than I do with those groups (and their spectators) that use the community facilities and in their wake leave a sea of discarded pop bottles, crisp packets and other detritus - just take a look at green lane playing fields after football or rounders sessions. It sets my blood boiling that they are getting to use a communal space butthey have absolutely no respect for the space itself nor the other members of the community that would also like to use the space.
I'm a dog owner myself, albeit a responsible one and frequently when I pick up after my own dog, if there's another nearby, I'll pick that up as well. Yes, I do get angry with those dog owners that do not pick up after their dogs but no more than I do with those groups (and their spectators) that use the community facilities and in their wake leave a sea of discarded pop bottles, crisp packets and other detritus - just take a look at green lane playing fields after football or rounders sessions. It sets my blood boiling that they are getting to use a communal space butthey have absolutely no respect for the space itself nor the other members of the community that would also like to use the space. besheba
  • Score: 0

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