Dog Poo (18-4-19)
Hundreds or dogs live in Cropwell Bishop and when their owners take them for a walk, they take a plastic bag with them and collect any poo that it produces. They then dispose of the bag at home or in one of the dog poo bins in the village.
Stepping on dog poo on public paths has been eliminated: well not quite. This is what a Cropwell Bishop resident said yesterday:
“We were out for a walk along the footpaths to Cropwell Butler on Sunday and the paths were littered with dog mess. It seems people don’t think they need to remove it when on the footpaths by the fields!
Also, there is frequently a mess left on the pavements as well – particularly on St Giles Way which is right in the way of children walking to school.”
Dog owners have got used to collecting poo in bags, but some seem to think that their responsibility ends there. Here is another comment:
“Today, I was going up to the doctors and a bag of dog mess had been placed on the arm of the bench. I suppose at least they bagged it, but really what a place to leave it! Is this really the sort of village we won’t to live in?”
Are these problems being caused by just one person?
Is it a child who is not aware of their responsibilities?
I don’t know: maybe you do.
You can easily report sightings like these to Rushcliffe Borough Council: it only takes 2 minutes.
Click on the orange “Contacts” tab on the right, and you will find a link to click on. Select Cropwell Bishop, the street, add a few notes and you are done.
If we all do this, the Council may be able to identify the location and timing of instances and send someone out to investigate. The Council says:
“an on the spot fine of £50, or a fine of up to £1,000 on prosecution applies if you allow your dog to foul in a public place and you fail to clean it up straight away”.
Not so long ago, litter, smoking and drinking alcohol in public spaces were seen as acceptable – but times have changed. Can we work together to change the habits of one person, or possibly a few, and so make our local environment better?