Dogs could face banning order on Cornard rec

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A ban on dogs using Great Cornard Recreation Ground has not been ruled out as options to curb dog fouling are explored.

Problems with dog mess have long been associated with the land in Stevenson Approach, which is a popular place for children to play.

The area is also regularly used by dog owners, but that could come to an end if a small minority continue to fail to pick up after their pets.

During a meeting of Great Cornard Parish Council last Monday, members were asked to consider banning dogs from the ground, which is used to hold the village’s summer fete.

Mark Newman, parish councillor, said the discussion was prompted by a letter received from a resident, complaining about dog excrement on the field at the recent fireworks display.

“It is the odd ones that are causing the problem, but if it carries on we will have to do something to put a stop to it,” he said.

“My children played on the ground years ago, but they had to stop due to the dog fouling.”

Youngsters who play for Cornard Dynamos train on the ground on Saturday. Mr Newman said nearby Broom Street was also affected.

“We are not anti-dog but, because of the diseases associated with dog mess, it is a concern,” he said.

“There are plenty of dog bins around the village and the council gives out dog bags from the Stevenson Centre.”

Mr Newman said that during last week’s meeting, members had proposed to mark out football pitches on the land, and put up signs asking owners to keep dogs off the pitches and pick up after them.

“It is a good area for recreation, but we will only let people use it if they are responsible,” he added.

Dog fouling has been a major worry for many residents in the area over the last 12 months.

Users of Waldingfield Park in Great Waldingfield hit out about the issue in the summer and Sudbury has given its community wardens the power to fine those who do not pick up after their pets up to £1,000.