Time to name and shame dog owners who don't pick up mess?
PUBLISHED: 11:13 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 21 November 2017
Football club members who are "sick to the back teeth" of people leaving dog mess on their pitch are considering naming and shaming individuals.
Panshanger FC chairman Peter Monk, 52, of the Beehive area, is beyond angry with the issue which he says has been going on for years at the Moneyhole Playing Fields.
Mr Monk said: “We’re not sure what to do anymore.
“We will probably start naming and shaming people who don’t pick up their dog mess by posting photos of them on our website.
“I have no problem naming people because I’m sick to the back teeth of it.
“It’s a disgrace.”
A few months ago two new dog bins were placed in the field but within a week one was stolen and the other vandalised.
Around the same time signs were also placed in the playing field, but according to the club it has not helped the situation.
Mr Monk added: “What grinds me is that 90 per cent of dog walkers clean up and are respectful but there is 10 per cent that let it down.
“I have a dog myself, a lot of us at the club do, but we all clear up.”
Mr Monk, who has been the chairman of the club for three years, picked up 12 pieces of dog mess on the playing fields this morning.
He said: “Imagine what it would be like by the weekend when the teams play if I didn’t do it throughout the week.
“If a kid fell in that while playing it can cause blindness.
“I stopped an old lady who was walking her dog in the playing fields not too long ago because I watched her not pick up the mess. “When I approached her she said there was nothing wrong with it because it’s in a field.
“She didn’t even have a bag on her so I gave her one.
“A couple days later I saw her not pick up the mess again.”
Councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for policy and culture, said: “We know the majority of people walking their dogs in Moneyhole Playing Fields understand the importance of clearing up after their dogs, and it’s a shame that a small minority are spoiling it for others.
“It’s a popular venue for professional dog walkers so we are reaching out to them as well.
“I would like to remind everyone that it is their responsibility to clear up after their pooches.
“Our younger generation have a right to play a football game on a weekend without having to dodge dog mess.”
Mr Monk said: “We would like to appeal for dog walkers to step up if they see someone else not picking up.”