What do you think about dogs exercising on sports fields?
By Central Somerset Gazette | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 11:00
Should dog owners be allowed to exercise their animals on the sports fields at Tor Sport and Leisure Centre in Glastonbury?
Glastonbury Town Council wants to know your views – and so do we.
"I have had reports of dog owners driving up to the field, opening the doors and letting the dog out, to run all over the fields and do its business. When it's finished, they just open up the doors again, the dog jumps in and off they go," Councillor Ian Tucker, the mayor of Glastonbury told the town council at its last meeting.
"Obviously, I have had complaints from members of the netball and cricket clubs about this, who play on those pitches. It's just not hygienic."
He said Avalon Leisure, which currently holds the lease to the centre are considering creating a new pathway, away from the sports pitches, that would provide a more interesting route for dog walkers.
"I want to know what members of the public think about this," he said. "Obviously, we need to come to an amicable compromise – we don't want to stop the dog owners from coming to the site, but they have to understand that it's not acceptable for them to let their dogs foul on the sports pitches where people play."
Councillor Hugh Sharp said it was disgusting that people were allowing their animals to foul on the sports grounds.
"Almost every other sports ground or park has signs up warning of the dangers of toxocariasis," he said. "Can you imagine the repercussions if a child contracted the infection and lost their sight because of it?"
But Councillor Jim Barron played devil's advocate, saying the onus should be on dog owners to be more responsible.
"Don't penalise all dog owners, just because a few don't bother to tidy up after their animals," he said.
Would you like to see a new path installed on the playing fields for dog walkers, or do you think animals should be banned from the ground altogether?
Write to the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Central Somerset Gazette, Southover, Wells, Somerset BA5 1UH.