Dog Fouling – by Chris Parapia


Full Dog Fouling Bags Left ona Bench In the Park

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.

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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3 Responses to Dog Fouling – by Chris Parapia

  1. I feel, personally, that the bin does need to be put back where it was. I am a regular user of the Kelcliffe Lane bridlepath as I both ride and walk along it. I don’t have a dog of my own but I did notice that the bin was frequently full, which was great – less dirt dotted around the park but where it should be, in the bin! However, since it has moved to the end of Kelcliffe Lane (and right next to my backyard I might add) I have noticed that the bin has had very little use. It is rarely over half-full which means that there is more dog dirt being left out in the field. Where the bin used to be was a perfect position, it was close enough that people didn’t mind walking to it to use it no matter where they were on the field! Now the bin is a long way out of their way if they do not pass by that particular entrance.

  2. lynne says:

    I agree with the above comment. Since the bin has been moved, more and more people are leaving their dog poo bags at the wooden gate or just throwing them on the ground. There are five entrances to this field and having a bin so far away is ridiculous. Only if you walk along the bridlepath are you going to use the bin. In the heat the smell is terrible and the bags are left to rot. At the moment, the long grass in the field is a minefield. You have no idea what you might walk in. At some points the grass is up to over 5ft. Other dog walkers are getting fed up with the missing bin and the grass not being cut. It is a shame as it is a lovely place to walk and sit and take in the scenery but at the moment it is a shambles. 2 weeks ago a local school was visiting the field, and I felt so sorry for the kids as they couldn’t see the beauty of the field as it is totally overgrown. Please, please, please can we have another bin and the grass cut. Dogs and people are suffering and are not able to enjoy this field as it is meant to be enjoyed.

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