Village school cries foul play

FOUL PLAY: From left: Pot Kiln school Governer Kevin O'Connell,  business manager Bev Jordan, community warden Andy Nunn and headteacher Wilma Hyde are sick of dog mess being left on a footpath near the school.
FOUL PLAY: From left: Pot Kiln school Governer Kevin O'Connell, business manager Bev Jordan, community warden Andy Nunn and headteacher Wilma Hyde are sick of dog mess being left on a footpath near the school.

A MESSY situation has seen dog walkers fall foul of a Great Cornard school.

Pupils at Pot Kiln Primary School, in Butt Road, have been forced to snake their way past piles of dog mess on a footpath leading to the school – because owners are not clearing up after their pets.

Great Cornard community warden Andy Nunn said the problem really got up his nose.

“It’s just unbelievable that this is where the children walk to school and there is dog mess everywhere,” he said.

“Children use the path all the time and they are walking in this. The school has complained about some of the pupils bringing it in on their shoes.

“We used to offer dog mess bags for free, but we’ve had to stop because of a lack of funding, but we sell them for 1p at the town hall, so I can’t see why people leave it.

“It is illegal and if people have dogs they have to take responsibility for clearing up after them.”

Pot Kiln headteacher Wilma Hyde said: “There are parents with buggies that have to walk on this grass. If the children come in with it, then we have to clean it up and it is horrible.”

Mr Nunn added that there are serious health risks involved.

“There is a disease you can catch from the faeces,” he said. “If a child was to fall in it and catch it, they could go blind.”

Failure to clean up dog mess can result in a fine of up to £1,000, or an on-the-spot fine of up to £50. To report dog mess in your community, visit www.onesuffolk.co.uk/reportaproblem.