Dog mess blight at town’s park

Rothwell Town councillor Roger Wilson at Greening Road Park
Rothwell Town councillor Roger Wilson at Greening Road Park

Residents fed up with dog mess in a Rothwell park have called for part of it to be fenced off for dog owners so everyone can enjoy the area.

Rothwell Town Council received a number of complaints about dog mess in the Greening Road park earlier this year.

Councillors have since written to Kettering Council asking for more dog mess bins and whether the possibility of fencing off a separate dog-run area can be investigated.

The issue came to light at Rothwell Town Council’s July meeting when the complaints were raised.

Deputy chairman Roger Wilson said: “I was not aware of the issue until we received the complaints, but since then I have been down to the park and contacted Kettering Council.

“We’re hoping they can put a couple more dog mess bins at the site but the dog-run idea is something we have asked them to investigate as well.

“In a perfect world we could open up the park to absolutely everyone so I’d ask dog owners to pick up after their pets and not spoil the area for families with children.”

Residents living near the park had told the town council they sometimes felt unable to use the play area in the park because of the state of the surrounding field.

Some also said it was unfair that dog owners could use the entire park while children were restricted to the small play area because parents were unwilling to let children run around because of the issues with dog mess.

Rothwell town clerk Carolyn Mackay said she had been in touch with Kettering Council’s community services manager Pia Bellamy but had not yet had a firm response.

A spokesman for Kettering Council said: “We have responded to Rothwell Town Council in this matter and we are looking at ways to progress it.”