As you round the corner of Kelcliffe Lane, heading from Guiseley to the Park, an incongruous site will be welcomed by dog walker and angry Guiseley residents alike. For, sitting like a Tardis on the verge, is a black, shiny, gold painted, Leeds City Council, doggie bin: although it doesn’t seem as if the interior has quite the same capacity as the Time Lord’s box.
This, striking addition to the local scene, is the culmination of a long campaign by FOPP Chairlady, Mrs Christine Parapia to try and find a way to encourage dog owners, not to put their doggie bags in the dustbins along the lane, or pile them up by the Park gates, or leave the contents to fester on the ground, causing the humpy, clumpy grass that now abounds across what should be green sward.
The £400 bin has been funded by Cllr Graham Latty, whose wife Cllr Pat Latty has been campaigning for dog owners to clear up their dog’s mess and not leave it to spoil green spaces and leisure areas: as well as being unpleasant, it is dangerous, especially to children.
Chris is also now working closely with Leeds Council, to make sure the bin gets emptied promptly – one of the reasons for its position, is so that a Council vehicle can reach it easily; ideally, it would have been better just inside the Park gates. She has nobly taken it on herself to change the bin bags if the Council has ‘a service failure’; a job few would readily wish to take on.
Chris and Nicola Denson from FOPP, are now campaigning to get another bin put in at the Hillside end of Kelcliffe Lane. The Council has already provided one on the new Car Park on Netherfield Road, and one on Edison Fields.
We have often teased Chris, about her dogged determination to clear the Kelcliffe area of ‘the dog issue’, but we are also very happy that, helped by Graham, she has taken a step forward.