Complaint over dog mess outside Kettering school

Dog mess is still causing problems for people in Kettering borough, the council has said

Dog mess is still causing problems for people in Kettering borough, the council has said

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Dog mess is still causing problems for people in Kettering borough, the council has said.

And the authority has urged dog owners to take more responsibility for cleaning up after their pets.

It comes after parents of pupils at a Kettering school complained about fouling on the pavements nearby.

One parent at St Mary’s Primary School in Fuller Street, Anna Dell’Utri, said: “Every day myself and the hundreds of other children and parents frequenting the school have to play ‘dodge the dog mess’.

“It’s not a fun game.

“To put it simply the children are walking through piles of dog faeces and then going into school, walking it on to the floors where they learn, play and eat. All the streets in that ward are abused by the people walking their dogs.”

The school says it is frustrated by the problem. School administrator Victoria Lynn said: “It causes issues – children bring it into the school. We’ve exhausted what we can do. Our site supervisor regularly cleans up outside our gate and even the pavement.

“We have contacted Kettering council and PCSOs but to no avail, because unless they catch them in the act they can’t do much. It is becoming a problem.”

A council spokesman said eight environmental wardens patrol the borough, and branded dog owners who fail to pick up the mess irresponsible.

The spokesman added: “The majority of dog owners in Kettering are extremely responsible. Unfortunately, the small number who are not continue to cause issues for residents in the borough.”

The council says extra patrols take place at hot spots, including near St Mary’s School.

Meanwhile, dozens of people have left messages on the Telegraph’s Facebook page telling of problems with fouling in their neighbourhoods.

Among the areas highlighted were Rothwell, Havelock Street in Kettering and Harrington Road in Desborough.

Karen Gilbert said: “Desborough is terrible, especially taking my boy to school.”

Jo Garner, from Rothwell, added: “As residents we continually fork out a lot of money to keep our property neat and tidy for dog owners to think it’s okay to let their dogs foul.”

Others said problem areas were Raunds, Oakley Vale, and Barton Seagrave.

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