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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #30 on: November 13, 2003, 06:18:03 pm »
O come on Southbury - it's a bit too "footballers wives" for people to help clear up the pooh.  They are all too busy having bonfires and letting off fire works at midnight!!!!!
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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2003, 08:26:34 pm »
Why not have a fenced off area where doglovers can take their pet and poo in that area?  They could have a rota to clean up the mess.

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2003, 11:25:34 pm »
Now that's more like it, only you'd get complaints about the poor pooches right to run free and get their rightful exercise.

Still, we're getting there slowly with smoking in public places so there's still hope.


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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2003, 06:49:00 pm »
In case anyone misunderstood my last posting, I meant an area for the dogs to poo, not the owners!

Does ATG mean smoking dog ends?  very nasty habit, so I am told being a non smoker myself.

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2003, 06:13:06 pm »
Just been on a walk around the block and had to dodge five mounds of dog mess, all neatly positioned along the footpath.

The worst bit was coming down Brookmans Avenue walking on the golf club side, and at the rise on Bluebridge Road, just before the Moffats turn.

Take care if you are walking in the dark tonight, some are sizeable creations.

Presumable all were created by animals at the end of leads, seeing as we don't appear to have many strays in the area.

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2003, 06:31:04 pm »
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Is your picture suggesting that there are stray penguins adding to the mess in the area?

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #36 on: December 06, 2003, 06:37:29 pm »
Hi Bob,

That's all we need, Penguins making a mess too.

How about this for an idea.

If enough people called on Welwyn Hatfield District Council to put some more dog waste bins around Brookmans Park perhaps that would go some way to addressing the problem?

There is a form you can fill in on the WHDC site to report a fault with dog waste bins.

Part of the problem could be that there are not enough.

The form, which is on this page Click here for form , has a box asking for the location of a dog waste bin that needs attention.

In this box I put …

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Brookmans Avenue, Bluebridge Road, Moffats Lane, Mymms Drive


The next box asks for “Any other relevant information”.

In this box I wrote:

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There aren't any dog waste bins, and the pavements are a mess. The mess is sometimes hard to avoid particularly walking these roads after dark.


I then put in links to the two forum discussions on dog mess on this forum to illustrate the local concern.

Perhaps if enough people fill in this form with something similiar something will be done?

Or perhaps we are more likely to see stray penguins wandering around Gobions?

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #37 on: December 06, 2003, 07:49:40 pm »
The Parish Council provides, and empties, dog bins at Gobions Open Space, which is owned by the Parish Council, and also at various other locations in the parish.  Some bright sparks have set fire to some in the past - I hate to think of the poo pong, but that is beside the point!

The Parish Council cannot provide bins on land not owned by it, such as Gobions Wood, which is why I have previously suggested sponsored dog bins instead of, or in addition to, benches with name on them.  I doubt if anyone wishes to be associated with a poo bin instead of a welcoming bench.

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2003, 08:51:06 pm »
Hi Bob,

My note above was directed at the facilities provided by Welwyn Hatfield District Council, not North Mymms Parish Council.

A quick straw poll in the pub tonight, which included dog owners, suggests 100% feel some dog owners are letting the side down and could do more to help keep local pavements dog mess free.
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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #39 on: December 07, 2003, 01:10:10 pm »
I am not going to apologies for resurrecting another thread about dog mess, because, in my view, the situation is getting out of hand in Gobions.

Unless things changes we will not be walking in the Gobions Open Space, Gobions Woodland, and Moffats Open Space again.

This is for two reasons, the first is connected with the title of this thread ‘Dog Mess In Gobions’, and the second is related, and so I will mention it here.

Dog Mess In Gobions

This morning, Sunday 7 December, we went for a walk through Moffats Open Space, the Leach Fields, Gobions Woodland, and back through Gobions Open Space. I am afraid to say that the whole area is a becoming a dogs' toilet, with evidence, clear for all to see, that a large number of dog owners have decided they will not clear up after their animals.

It smells disgusting, it's hard to navigate the areas without getting covered in it, and it is, again in my view, spoiling a rich resource.

How about either North Mymms Parish Council or the Gobions Woodland Trust fencing off a couple of areas that could be known as the Dogs' Toilets?

That way, all the dog owners who are happy to walk through fields of dog mess can do so in one concentrated area, and the rest of us can walk without the risk?

Perhaps a section of the lower Leach Field, or part of Moffats Open Space could be used? I would be interested to hear the views, for and against, of anyone connected with NMPC or GWT, and dog owners.

Dogs running off the lead

The second issue I have is with dogs running free through the area. This morning we had four large dogs run up to us, two were growling. Two of the dogs were Alsatians, one was a Dalmatian, and the other was a large mongrel.

I am sick and tired of owners saying things like, ‘don’t worry s/he is soft as a brush’, or ‘don’t worry, s/he has never hurt anyone’.

How the hell do we know that?  And how do the owners know their pet will not turn nasty one day? All we know is that we are confronted, face to face, with a large animal growling, and one was even barning its teeth.

For any dog owners reading this who allow their dogs to run free, please have some consideration for those who might be afraid when your pets approach at speed.

The worst was just along the path by Gobions Pond where the anglers sit. A large Dalmatian growled at us as we went through the bachelor gate leading up from Gobions Woodland.

It then proceeded to empty its bowels on the path in front of us, before turning on us again and racing up to us growling. We froze. I really thought we were going to be attacked. The owner, following behind, called the dog, but the damage was done.

I have several close pals living in the area who are responsible dog owners. They don’t let their dogs run wild, and they carry plastic bags to clean up after their pets.

This is not a rant against dogs or dog owners, it’s a plea for consideration on the part of those who don’t seem to realise how miserable the dog mess and their free-running dogs make some of us feel.

I love Gobions, and it is one of the reasons we moved here, but we will be thinking long and hard before going there again, especially in the morning, which seems to be the favoured time for some dog owners.

I would be pleased to hear the views of any dog owners who:

a) let their dogs run free
b) don’t clear up after their pets.

Please feel free to offer your reasons for the behaviour below, so that we can have a healthy debate that could lead to a solution which will make Gobions a pleasant place, not just for dog owners, but for the whole community.
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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #40 on: December 07, 2003, 08:43:33 pm »
Dave - you answered your own suggestion of fencing off an area where dogs can poo.  Dogs do it when and where they want, not where you want.  NM Parish Council has provided dog bins and empties them virtually every day at Gobions Open Space and elsewhere.

We need to be more proactive and speak to the owner - if there - when a dog does its thing and the owner does not clear it up.  Once again the minority spoil it for the majority.  Do something at the time otherwise you condone the owner's poor standards of decency and respect for others.

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #41 on: December 07, 2003, 10:44:33 pm »
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Dave - you answered your own suggestion of fencing off an area where dogs can poo.  Dogs do it when and where they want, not where you want.

Bob, they currently do it in Gobions Open Space, Moffats Open Space, and Gobions Woods. Clearly the animals routine has enabled them to hold on until they reach these areas.

Some will have been transported from home by car for this purpose, some will have been walked.

All I am suggesting is that NMPC and GWT consider offering fenced off 'doggy toilet' spots to try to contain the problem. Obviously the nearer these are sited to the various access points to the area the better.

I have to repeat, that all the dog owners I know clear up after their pets, and take the mess home with them.

I don't have the time to lie in wait and challenge irresponsible and inconsiderate dog owners at the time incidents happen.

However, on the two occasions I have seen it happen, and have spoken to dog owners, I have been met with abuse; hence my efforts here to try to find a mutually acceptable solution.

All positive, constructive, and workable way forward welcome.

By the way Bob, does your answer mean it is not worth suggesting the fenced off 'doggy toilet' area to North Mymms Parish Council?
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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #42 on: December 08, 2003, 12:40:43 pm »
Two Sundays ago at about 8.45 am I cleared as much 'mess' as I could from both 'open sapces' including , quite incredibly , a huge deposit by the gates to the swings.... by yesterday the 'minefield' had returned as evidenced by mine and my sons wellies. It is disgraceful and has to stop. A fenced off area for the dogs is at least a partial solution to the problem.
 

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« Reply #43 on: December 08, 2003, 01:25:33 pm »
Call me a cynic, but if people can't be bothered to clear up and use the bins a separate area won't help either - people just won't be bothered to use it as it's not convinient or in the right place.

The only way around this is to try and change people's attitudes to it - I agree when I am up there with the scouts in the summer the problem can be very bad. How we go about doing this without meeting stacks of abuse I'm not sure, but open to suggestions...

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #44 on: December 08, 2003, 03:19:37 pm »
You should insist the scouts go before they come to the meeting...

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #45 on: December 08, 2003, 03:40:11 pm »
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Call me a cynic, but if people can't be bothered to clear up and use the bins a separate area won't help either - people just won't be bothered to use it as it's not convinient or in the right place.

Call me an optimist, but I think it might work.

What if we had three small Doggy Loo areas fenced off, one near the Bluebridge Avenue entrance, one near the car park, and the other at the bottom of Bluebridge Road by the bridge, and then had signs scattered throughout the area saying something like.

For those dog owners who don't want to clear up after their pets, please use one of the three designated Doggy Loo areas.
Now, if you were a dog owner, would you want to be seen leading your pet to this area?  I doubt you would, perhaps you would start carrying bags to clear the mess away? Perhaps the Doggy Loo areas will become one of the cleanest patches of land in the neighbourhood, because people might have been shamed into having some consideration for others.

That is the optimistic (and totally unrealistic) way of looking at it.

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #46 on: December 08, 2003, 09:45:29 pm »
I will raise this at the Parish Council Amenities committee on Wednesday.  If you don't try, you never get anywhere.

I must admit that I am also cynical.  If the owners cannot be bothered to clean up afterwards, what chance is there if them taking their pet to the Doggy Loo area as soon as they get to the Open Space?

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #47 on: December 08, 2003, 11:55:03 pm »
Thanks Bob, will be interested to see what the Parish Council says, perhaps the council will have other, more practical suggestions. Whatever, it's good it's being discussed.

Thanks again.

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« Reply #48 on: December 09, 2003, 02:06:01 pm »
Well, For those who are not familiar with the "Country Code", or for those who just dont care, it says that Dogs are to be kept on a lead, and all mess cleared up.

Surely, if you walk your dog in rural area's, or a preserve such as gobions, you would know these things wouldnt you?....wouldnt you? ???

As for the scouts, well, this poses all sorts of hazards to them.... as the risk assessment for that task will show...!
Faeces introduces possible risks of Hepatitis B, dissentry, and lots of other nasties.  And, if you get it in your eyes, (how youd do that though, i dont know) can apparently cause blindness.  I would look for somewhere else to get the lads out camping, rather than risk that... Or, raise your liability insurance limit!!
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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #49 on: December 09, 2003, 02:34:40 pm »
Good point about the Countryside Code, Toothfairy.

The Ramblers' Association's Hertfordshire and North Middlesex Branch has the code on its website. Click here for a link to the site.  I have reproduced it below.

The Countryside Code

  • Guard against all risk of fire
  • Fasten all gates
  • Keep your dogs under close control
  • Keep to public paths across farmland
  • Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls
  • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone
  • Take your litter home
  • Help to keep all water clean
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees
  • Take special care on country roads
  • Make no unnecessary noise

I suppose the relevant points, for the sake of this current discussion are:

  • Keep your dogs under close control
  • Take your litter home
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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #50 on: December 10, 2003, 10:36:15 am »
trouble is it says "take your litter home"  -  not "take your litter, rubbish, dog sh-1-t, ... home"
Most paths in the area can be tracked by the deposits of dog muck, and challenged-people just shrug off requests ...  ("it's just like fertiliser ... etc etc)

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« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2003, 12:17:24 pm »
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 And, if you get it in your eyes, (how youd do that though, i dont know) can apparently cause blindness.


Try taking a toddler over there. They will pick anything up and will usually put it in their mouths too. This never happened to our children, but mostly because we stopped taking them there.
 

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« Reply #52 on: December 11, 2003, 01:47:32 am »
Sorry but the Parish Council decided against Doggy Loo Areas at Gobions.  The reason was that it has been tried elsewhere without success.  There were even dog fights in the fenced off area.  This is a long-standing problem and is unlikely to be resolved because, as stated already in this correspondence, there are dog owners who just do not care about anyone else.

The mindlessness of so called civilised people is evident every day.  Old people being robbed, public seating and street signs vandalised, windows smashed, people intimidated, rubbish dumped (Bradmore Lane has been dumped on again and this will be reported to Welwyn Hatfield Council).  We live in a dreadful world, and we pay for it, literally, through taxes both to central government and our Council Taxes.

All I can suggest is that decent people make stands against the uncaring minority.  It might eventually sink into their tiny blinkered minds, but that may be wishful thinking.  Happy Christmas!

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« Reply #53 on: December 11, 2003, 08:44:36 am »
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Sorry but the Parish Council decided against Doggy Loo Areas at Gobions.  The reason was that it has been tried elsewhere without success.  There were even dog fights in the fenced off area.

Thanks for that update Bob, it seems a pity the North Mymms Parish Council felt it wasn’t a worthwhile solution. Did they come up with any alternatives? I felt it might have been either a practical, or a psychological solution, which might even embarrass people into behaving in a civilised manner.

I am being devil’s advocate a bit here  ;)  so don’t take it personally, but you then write…
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This is a long-standing problem and is unlikely to be resolved because, as stated already in this correspondence, there are dog owners who just do not care about anyone else.

So you are saying a minority of dog owners simply don’t care, but then you go on to suggest ...
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All I can suggest is that decent people make stands against the uncaring minority.  It might eventually sink into their tiny blinkered minds, but that may be wishful thinking.

What would ‘make stands’ involve? I have tried on a number of occasions to raise the issue with dog owners only to be met with abuse.  I would be interested by what you mean by 'make stands'. However I would not recommend it because, as you say, ‘there are dog owners who just do not care about anyone else’. One of the responses I had was aggressive and unpleasant, and this was in front of children.

It seems to me, reading the experiences of others in this thread, that some people are now avoiding Gobions because of this problem. That means that the minority of dog owners, who let their animals run free and fail to clear up after them, have won the day.

One final attempt at a solution to this, but could there not be an entrance to the whole area that is dog-free, and a fenced off dog-free part, so that those of us who want to walk without stench or fear can do so? I would rather walk through a fenced-off corridor than have nothing at all.

It seems such a pity that such a small minority have spoilt it for others by acting in an unconsiderate manner.
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« Reply #54 on: December 11, 2003, 08:24:30 pm »
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Sorry but the Parish Council decided against Doggy Loo Areas at Gobions.  The reason was that it has been tried elsewhere without success.  There were even dog fights in the fenced off area.  



So, the council have tried doggy Loo Areas elsewhere, with different residents, in a different area, and probably not a reserve, or local playing area???
Also, i'm puzzled as to how the spitfires and Messerschmidts got in there..... :o :o :-\
 

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« Reply #55 on: December 12, 2003, 07:17:10 pm »
Dog Toilet Areas were tried by another council not too far from here and it decided it was unsuccessful.  I will speak to someone at that council to get more detail.  In my opinion, uncaring dog owners are not confined to Gobions Open Space and Wood.  If a fenced off area did not work elsewhere, it will not work in GOS.

Two other ideas to set your minds working - how about taking a photo of the offending dog and stick the picture on a notice board.  That would point the finger at which dogs create the mess, and therefore the owners.

AOr - a friend suggested the parish council employs a patrol warden who would hand out instant fine tickets, like a traffic warden.  Would it pay for itself?  

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« Reply #56 on: February 09, 2004, 05:08:25 pm »
Monday 9 Feb - BBC1 at 7.30pm.  One of the subjects will be dog dirt and irresponsible owners.  Should be interesting to see what others think is the solution

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« Reply #57 on: February 10, 2004, 02:30:40 pm »
The BBC programme was disappointing and did not come up with any new answers.  They went to Barking (naturally) where they have Street Wardens who can issue £50 spot (!) fine tickets to anyone not cleaning up after their dog, or for litter dropping.  They filmed one person being fined who gave an address 10 miles away. Oh yes?

Welwyn Hatfield has 8 such wardens and staff at Stanborough Park who can fine anyone caught allowing a dog in their possession to foul in designated areas.  WH Dog Fouling By-laws do not cover woodlands.

North Mymms Parish Council is now checking out and improving signs at Gobions Open Space, and other places it owns, to make it more obvious what is expected of users of these public areas.  

Not directly related to dog fouling, but the council’s groundsmen have stopped several people practicing golf on Gobions Open Space and Hawkshead Road recreation grounds, Little Heath.  Apart from the immediate danger, golf balls left behind in the grass can be hurled through the air by the council’s grass cutter and hit some innocent bystander.  Need I say more?

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Re: Dog mess and the health risks
« Reply #58 on: February 10, 2004, 11:16:22 pm »
Interesting to read that the Herts Co Co Rights of Way Improvement Plan requests information from people exercising their dog and people who jog, but doesn't have a questionnaire for walkers. And there is no mention of guidelines for clearing up after the dogs.

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« Reply #59 on: April 16, 2004, 03:22:02 pm »
The parish council is calling on dog owners, who don't clear up after their pets foul public places, to accept their social responsibility and change their ways. Click here for more details.

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