Doncaster: Children’s bid to stop dogs fouling their playing fields

Copley Road School Doncaster where Pupils have designed posters to draw attention to Dog Fouling in their playing fields.
Copley Road School Doncaster where Pupils have designed posters to draw attention to Dog Fouling in their playing fields.
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THESE Doncaster youngsters are so fed up with dogs fouling their school playing fields they have taken matters into their own hands.

Pupils at Copley Primary School, in Sprotbrough, have created their own posters to get a message across of inconsiderate pet owners who have allowed their animals to leave a mess on their grounds, and failed to clear up after them.

Copley Road School Doncaster where Pupils have designed posters to draw attention to Dog Fouling in their playing fields.

Copley Road School Doncaster where Pupils have designed posters to draw attention to Dog Fouling in their playing fields.

They decided to create the posters after The Star raised dog fouling as an issue affected the whole of the borough.

Headteacher Alan White said dogs fouling their playing fields was an issue the pupils felt strongly about.

He said: “We’ve got a large grassed area at the school that children play on daily, but we’ve not got a giant fence like some schools.

“Sometimes people let their dogs off the lead and sometimes they leave their little ‘messages’. When they are on the playing fields, the children feel they should be safe place to play, free of things like dog fouling.”

Copley Road School Doncaster where Pupils have designed posters to draw attention to Dog Fouling in their playing fields.

Copley Road School Doncaster where Pupils have designed posters to draw attention to Dog Fouling in their playing fields.

The school has had to have a stock of spare clothes, which have been used by pupils who have ended up with the mess on their garments while they have been playing.

Mr White also has a store of carrier bags and has frequently had to take them out onto the field to remove dog faeces himself.

Doncaster cabinet member Coun Cynthia Ransome, whose remit includes dealing with dog fouling, has visited the school to talk about the problem, and is supporting them.

Mr White said: “This has given the pupils the chance to tell adults what they should be doing. They are quick to recognise errant behaviour.

“They were happy to draw the posters and we hope they will raise the issue and that people will see the problems this causes.

“They were very keen to get the message across and take matters into their own hands. We hope people will see what the children have done, and do something about it.

“It is something I feel very strongly about. There are health considerations. I’m very proud of how the pupils have rallied.”