Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Matches have been affected by waste left unattended on Allhallows Playing Field.
The junior chairman of Honiton Rugby Football Club has called foul play and is asking dog walkers to pick up after their pets.
Simon Lancaster has been left frustrated by dog mess left around Allhallows Playing Fields, which has caused severe problems for the club.
He has even seen a fixture called off after faeces left on the fields resulted in an opposing team refusing to play.
The fouling also had an effect on game times, as two matches had to be delayed as a cleanup was carried out.
“Signs are in place but are being ignored,” Simon said. “A child falling into excrement is not an option for us. I was at the grounds one morning and witnessed about four people with dogs off leads, which I also think is an issue, as the dogs can run off and do their business out of their owner’s eyesight.
“I approached the dog walkers and reminded them of the fouling rules and why they are in place, but I still feel more needs to be done.”
Simon has contacted the East Devon District Council about the problem, and has been assured that the number of patrols happening around the playing fields will increase.
However, he wants to raise the issue with the wider public, and is warning them of the financial consequences of failing to abide by the rules.
“Fixed penalty notices will be given to those who don’t pick up after their dogs,” he said.
“It’s so simple – if people just did the right thing and weren’t so inconsiderate, there wouldn’t be a problem.”