School’s plea to owners to pick up after their dogs

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Dog excrement is causing a major environmental health issue at Hipperholme Grammar School’s school fields.

The school in Bramley Lane has erected signs in its fields in Denholmegate Road to remind dog walkers to pick up after their dogs after school bursar Graeme Oliver collected two bin bags of dog excrement.

And Calderdale’s Environmental Health has been informed about the issue.

The sports field located to the west of Denholmegate Road, Hipperholme, between the Brodleians Rugby Club and the Old Quarry is used by the school for sporting activities and also at weekends by a local community junior club.

The fields are privately owned and responsible dog walkers have for many years benefitted from access to exercise their dogs on the edges.

One of the dog orders from Calderdale Council requires dog owners to keep their pets on a lead and away from the sport pitches at all times.

However, some owners are letting their dogs roam free and to contaminate the fields, while others have picked up the dog waste in bags only to throw it into the bushes or to drop the plastic bags by the gate at the entrance to the fields.

Mr Oliver said: “The safety and welfare of our pupils when using the sports fields is paramount. The caretaker and I have been compelled to spend a morning cleaning up the fields and have collected two bin bags of dog waste which had been discarded by irresponsible local dog walkers.

“There are no public footpaths or rights of way either over or around the internal perimeter of the school’s fields. I would appeal to dog walkers to be respectful of the fields and consider the health and safety of the school’s pupils.”