Parish council backs plans for East Budleigh football pitch fence to tackle dog mess issue
PUBLISHED: 10:06 07 July 2017
A section of public green space in East Budleigh looks set to be fenced off in the ‘ongoing’ fight against the village’s dog mess problem.
East Budleigh Football Club has asked for the barrier to be put up around a section of the field used by the team to help combat issues with dog fouling.
At a meeting of East Budleigh with Bicton Parish Council, the idea was supported and members also agreed to a financial contribution towards the costs, which are being calculated by the football club.
In a letter to the Journal (see page 24), resident Tony Venning, of Chichester Way, questioned whether the fence was necessary and if it went against an agreement that the area be only used for recreation.
He is hoping to force the council to hold a public meeting to discuss it.
Mr Venning said: “In my personal experience, the dog owners of East Budleigh seem a pretty public-spirited lot.
“Over the past five years, I have visited the recreation ground on an almost daily basis and never once witnessed a dog owner failing to clear up after their dog, nor have I ever encountered any evidence of such.”
East Budleigh Football Club uses a section of the recreation ground, as part of a long-standing agreement.
The parish council said there is an ongoing problem with dog fouling in East Budleigh and this measure would retain the area’s use for recreational purposes.
Parish council chairman Councillor Jon White said that the football club had games halted four times during the 2016-17 season due to dog mess.
He added: “East Budleigh is particularly bad for dog mess. We have had a number of complaints.
“The idea is to make it a safe area and free from dog mess for everyone – not just the football club.”
He also said that East Budleigh with Bicton Parish Council has resisted imposing dog walking bans on the recreation ground as it is a well-used public field.
The fence will be ‘waist height’ to stop dogs going on the area and there will be two gates for pedestrians at either end.
There will also be a 3m gap between the pitch and the fence on the sidelines – a Football Association regulation.
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