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Houston, We Have a Problem…

On a sunny spring-like February Sunday afternoon,

Greenstead Slopes should be looking a lot like this:

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However, this is the horror that I was faced with instead:

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It seems that our hard-working ‘Greenstead Wombles’ litter-picking team have been facing an uphill struggle these past few weeks with a rather unpleasant task. It’s not THEIR job to clear up other people’s dog poop but they’ve decided to at least bag it up in the vain hope that whoever is/are allowing their pet/s to foul our beautiful green spaces might just realise that it’s NOT acceptable.

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There are RED dog bins dotted about all around the area,

you can’t fail to spot them,

and much of the poop is deposited within a few feet of a bin –

which beggars belief!

You bring a pet into your household,
You feed that pet,
Your pet has a bum!
Your pet poops,
YOU CLEAN IT UP!

It really is that simple.

We are asking for responsible local people to help find out who is doing this

so that appropriate legal action can be taken.

Colchester Borough Council has a page on their website for reporting of fly-tipping,

so it would be a good idea to also use this form to inform them of dog fouling:

https://iconnect.colchester.gov.uk/build/fillform.php?F.Name=GuR0gdxTArd

PLEASE help us to put an end to this disgusting behaviour so that we can all,

once again, enjoy these fabulous areas without worrying about stepping in something hideous.

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First Visit of 2015…

I’ve just taken a sunny but very chilly walk around Greenstead Slopes and Ghost Wood for the first time of this New Year. I saw lots of lovely birds due to the absence of foliage on most of the trees; robins, pigeons, a splendid jay as well as lots of pretty little other things flying about; however the downside to there being high visibility is that they can spot you a mile off. Subsequently I didn’t manage to capture much in the way of bird photos.

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 (Click on photos 2, 3 & 4 to enlarge – you might spot a couple of birds).

Jack Frost has been busy and at noon there was still a bitter chill in the air. On the positive side this made the mud in the woods much firmer to walk on, although some of the boggier areas on the slopes were icy. I was quite surprised to see catkins out as I walked along the stream.

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The council have been out chopping back all the flora on the slopes, which now looks a massive space, albeit relatively featureless. Hopefully it’ll all grow back in the spring.

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It still beggars belief that some dog owners are responsible enough to bother to bag up their pet’s ‘leavings‘ but not quite responsible enough to walk a few yards to the nearest red bin. However frustrating though it is a little better than those who continue to allow their dogs to use the area as a public toilet.

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Constant Reminders…

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Always on the case with new signs.

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Dog Fouling

From this website: http://www.colchester.gov.uk/article/7244/Dog-Fouling

Each year Colchester Borough Council receives many complaints regarding irresponsible owners not clearing up after their dogs. To report issues of dog fouling contact 01206 282581 or via email customerservices@colchester.gov.uk

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Why should I scoop the poop?

  • It damages your local environment.
  • It increases tension between dog owners and others.
  • It ruins everyone’s enjoyment of walking in our parks.
  • It prevents children running freely and can make sports fields unusable.
  • It is a very unpleasant to remove from shoes, wheelchair and pushchair wheels.
  • Apart from it being unsightly, smelly and attracting flies the dog faeces can carry parasites that can cause us harm.

How you can help us

Irresponsible dog owners often behave responsibly when in sight of uniformed officers therefore catching people not clearing up after their dog can take up a lot of resources. Good information such as times, a date, description of the dog or owner is very helpful but it still needs to be witnessed. If you know the owner and are willing to give us a statement we can approach the dog owner and in some cases, will issue a fixed penalty notice.

  • Please contact us if you are aware of anyone not clearing up after their dog – any information provided will be dealt with confidentially.
  • If you do not know the dog owner, please let us know the time that you witnessed it with brief description of the dog and owner.
  • Set a good example – always clear up after your own dog.

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, owners are required to clear up after their dogs in most public areas. Failure to do this will result in a fixed penalty charge of £50 or a fine in court of up to £1000.

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Dog Awareness Day…

Many thanks to everyone who gave up their time on a chilly / windy Saturday in June to help spread the word about scooping the poop! Unfortunately, the weather conditions saw the event close earlier than planned, but at least poopi bags and leaflets were given out and hopefully people are now more aware of the issue.

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