Dog muck problem is widespread across North East Somerset area
Dog walkers exercising their pets on playing fields are continuing to cause problems all over the North East Somerset area.
A story in last week's Somerset Guardian highlighted the problems experienced at Westhill and Norton Hill recreation grounds where football coaches are forced to pick up dog muck before playing.
It has now emerged that there is a similar situation at the Radstock Town Rangers ground at Roundhill where under-12s coach Jamie Stott and his team are on dog poo patrol before every training session and game.
He said: "We have to check the area and remove large amounts. This situation can be very embarrassing when playing a match and another piece has been found.It's disgusting and unnecessary."
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Meanwhile, at High Littleton Recreation Ground, which is managed by a small trust, there are weekly patrols to clear up dog mess on match days during the football season.
Chairman of the trustees, Rosie Shears, said they had been very concerned about the problem for years, especially as there was a public footpath running right through the Recreation Ground.
But she said: "Over the years we have seen a huge improvement in dog walkers taking responsibility for clearing up after their dogs.
"This has been great helped by the fact that we supply free poo bags at the Rec."
Mrs Shears said that trustees had done everything they could to encourage dog owners to be responsible for their pets and had got council dog warden Kim McGarva to visit known offenders.
She said: "But she has a huge area to cover and so far it has not been possible to take anyone to court."
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