Dog of a sports pitch problem

A COMMUNITY sports organisation is getting tough over the “rising problem” of dog mess on playing fields in Dronfield.

Gosforth Fields Sports Association says the area has become “a very pleasant and well-maintained facility” in Dronfield over the last nine years and most dog owners help to keep it that way.

But it is now “fed up” of complaints from people who are having to clear up dog dirt before using the pitches for football and rugby and said there was also a risk to health.

The association, which says the problem appears to be a national one, is erecting posters and signs asking dog owners only to exercise their animals on leads and to keep off marked playing areas, tidying any mess as they go.

“We intend to monitor the situation throughout 2012 in the hope that people using the fields will adhere to our request in respect of the health and welfare of the children of Dronfield and all users of the sports fields,” said a spokesman.

“If we then find there has been little or no improvement, as this site has a very wide searching CCTV system, any persons found persistently ignoring the polite request will be pursued with the intention of prosecution, which can carry a maximum fine of £1,000.”