After fighting long and hard to get a dog waste bin positioned by the Park’s Farmgate entrance, and after fantastic usage by all park users, the council decided to move it away in early January with no consultation with the Friends or park users. They cited “health and safety” reasons, as Kelcliffe Lane is now so full of potholes their collection vehicle cannot make the journey along it. (The potholes have occurred because a proper drainage system was not put in by the developers when the wall was built for the houses on the old allotments at the top of Oxford avenue. Previously there was a dry stone wall along the lane which water drained through instead of sitting in puddles as it does now.)
The dog bin was moved to where Oxford Avenue meets Kelcliffe Lane – but is not now well used.
Many park users have complained to us that they are very annoyed and irritated by this and we the Friends are especially upset as we have worked so hard to improve the park , and littering and dog fouling had decreased enormously. It is now on the increase again with dog owners leaving unbagged waste and full bags around the Park including on the benches !!! There really is no excuse for this, the Park is not owned by the Council and any mess has to be cleared up by local people: this is a place we want children to play and enjoy !! There are dog bins at both Hillside Avenue and the Nethercliffe entrance.
We are still negotiating with the Council for a return of the bin, however, if you feel strongly about this situation please write a comment or contact our local councillors Graham Latty, Pat Latty and Paul Wadsworth.