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Cricket pitch 'still a dog mess hotspot'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Billy Richards with his diary recording dogs off their leads and dog mess on the cricket pitch Billy Richards with his diary recording dogs off their leads and dog mess on the cricket pitch

Dog mess might have been cut by 88 per cent in Roberts Park, Saltaire, but its cricket pitch is used as a canine toilet, according to the club’s groundsman.

Billy Ricketts has tended the turf at Saltaire Cricket Club for 28 years and said while he agreed with Shipley Councillor Kevin Warnes that dog control orders had slashed the problem in public areas – the reverse was true on the picturesque pitch.

“I won’t argue with the 88 per cent cut elsewhere, but the cricket ground remains a target for dog muck,” said Mr Ricketts, who has taken hundreds of photos of free-roaming dogs and the piles of muck they leave behind..

“People need to realise that this is a World Heritage Site and not a dog exercise yard.

“On Council advice I’ve been keeping a detailed diary of whenever I see dogs being walked off leads and where they do their business.

“Every morning I have to clean up mounds of the stuff because one of the main problems is people coming home from work, taking their dogs to the park in the dark and just letting them go everywhere off the lead.

“I would say the majority of dog walkers are responsible and obey the rules and the Council has done a good job with its wardens in making the park itself cleaner, but there needs to be more enforcement. People doing wrong need to be challenged.”

Coun Kevin Warnes (Green) led a campaign to get dogs on leads after his daughter Grace, then aged seven, was menaced by an uncontrolled dog in Roberts Park four years ago.

“I’ve got a lot of sympathy with what Mr Ricketts says and there does need to be more enforcement,” he said.

“This is a form of educational change – the message has to keep being reinforced that such behaviour by dog owners is not acceptable.”

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8:52am Fri 28 Mar 14

Apollo says...

There is a bunch of dirty ba$tards in Queensbury who deliberately let their dogs sh1t on a children's play area!

The one opposite the Willows Medical Centre and the grassed area next to it are covered in the stuff.

Why do we never see and prosecutions for this offence?
There is a bunch of dirty ba$tards in Queensbury who deliberately let their dogs sh1t on a children's play area! The one opposite the Willows Medical Centre and the grassed area next to it are covered in the stuff. Why do we never see and prosecutions for this offence? Apollo
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10:52am Fri 28 Mar 14

Albion. says...

As Roberts Park is surrounded by a housing estate which has been going downhill for years, it will very probably always happen. Ricketts attitude to some people doesn't help either.
As Roberts Park is surrounded by a housing estate which has been going downhill for years, it will very probably always happen. Ricketts attitude to some people doesn't help either. Albion.
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7:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Tyke69 says...

I regularly walk my dog in Roberts Park and fully support the use of a dog control order, as any responsible owner always picks up their own dog's mess. I think all dogs should be kept on a lead in public parks, as I understand that not everyone likes dogs and children can be scared of them. I would suggest the dog control order signs be made larger or a different colour, as they aren't immediately obvious when you go to the park and people I have spoken to have said they didn't see the signs.
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As a parent and dog owner, the main problem in the park for my family is irresponsible cyclists and also children on scooters not being properly supervised by their parents. My dog and my child have both been hit by scooters/cycles in the park, but as I'm not a councillor I guess I can't get anything done about it!! It has become too dangerous for us to visit when the park is busy. Cyclists also totally ignore the sign on the footbridge into the park asking them to dismount. Harrogate Council have banned scooters and cycles from Valley Gardens, I wish Bradford Council would do the same in Roberts Park before someone is seriously injured.
I regularly walk my dog in Roberts Park and fully support the use of a dog control order, as any responsible owner always picks up their own dog's mess. I think all dogs should be kept on a lead in public parks, as I understand that not everyone likes dogs and children can be scared of them. I would suggest the dog control order signs be made larger or a different colour, as they aren't immediately obvious when you go to the park and people I have spoken to have said they didn't see the signs. . As a parent and dog owner, the main problem in the park for my family is irresponsible cyclists and also children on scooters not being properly supervised by their parents. My dog and my child have both been hit by scooters/cycles in the park, but as I'm not a councillor I guess I can't get anything done about it!! It has become too dangerous for us to visit when the park is busy. Cyclists also totally ignore the sign on the footbridge into the park asking them to dismount. Harrogate Council have banned scooters and cycles from Valley Gardens, I wish Bradford Council would do the same in Roberts Park before someone is seriously injured. Tyke69
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