Dog mess ‘distressing problem’ for footballers

PUBLISHED: 11:05 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:05 20 November 2017

Members of Panshanger Footfall Club's junior team.
Picture: Supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Council

Members of Panshanger Footfall Club's junior team. Picture: Supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Council

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Panshanger Football Club and Welwyn Hatfield Council are urging dog owners to clear up after their pets.

Extra signs have been put up urging dog walkers to take responsibility for their pets following complaints from parents of children who play for the football club in Moneyhole Lane Park, as well as visiting teams and supporters.

Peter Monk, chairman of Panshanger FC, said: “Dog mess has become a distressing problem for us.

“Parents and volunteers have to regularly clear up the pitches before children can play at weekends, which just isn’t fair.

“We’re asking that all dog walkers and pet owners please remember to scoop the poop, so Moneyhole Lane Park can continue to be enjoyed by everyone.”

New signs have helped the situation, but the council is still concerned because dog waste continues to be a health hazard for the football club and other park users.

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for policy and culture, said: “We know the majority of people walking their dogs in Moneyhole Lane Park 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.”

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