Driffield Millennium Green Trustees are launching a new campaign to raise awareness that although, they welcome dog walkers, they must pick up their dog’s mess - even if it is in the long grass.
At their meeting of February 24, the Trustees met with up Stuart Allen, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Dog Warden, who gave advice on how to tackle this growing problem.
New signage will be erected in the coming days and it is hoped that dog owners will appreciate that it is not just them who use the Green. Trustee, Claire Binnington, said: “The Green was purchased in the year 2000 for the benefit of all members of the community and right now the only element of the community who seem to getting the best use of the Green and are the small minority of dog owners who allow their dogs to foul on the field and do not pick it up. It is ruining the enjoyment of the Green for others”.
Trustee, Mrs Shirley Franklin, said: “The Trustees have always welcomed and encouraged young families with children to enjoy this wonderful open space and this proves impossible when the children return with shoes covered in dog mess. It is unacceptable and we really hope that dog owners will take on board the fact that they should pick up and ensure the Green is safe for all to use”.
Trustee and dog owner, Coun Phil Stocker said: “It is a lovely area to let your down run free, and we do not want to stop this, however we implore all dog owners to be more vigilant and when their dogs are off the leads, make sure you pick up the dog foul, wherever it is, not just on the path”.
The Millennium Green is subject to a Dog Control Order and anyone leaving dog mess will get a fixed penalty.