Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
As you will be aware, everything now has to be risk assessed.
You will appreciate that this is necessary to ensure that potentially dangerous events have that risk minimised, e.g. firing weapons on a rifle range or abseiling down a cliff face.
I was, therefore, relieved to read that "Schoolchildren from Workington have been banned from visiting a nature reserve – because there is too much dog mess there". This followed a "school risk assessment". Much regret has been expressed at the decision.
We have repeatedly emphasised that dog fouling is a crime. This is endorsed by Ian Payne, Allerdale council’s strategic manager for places, who said: “We are not saying that dog walkers should not enjoy the nature reserve, but not cleaning up after your dog has fouled is a criminal offence and there is no excuse for it.”
Here at Dog Fouling and Red Rubber Bands, we applaud this decision making process. The risk assessment clearly included an option that the children might remove their clothes and roll on the ground in dog mess then, having done that, they might dip their sandwiches in it. We need to protect our children from these risks!
The News & Star carries the full story here.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
At last, dog fouling has made the election campaigns. I have heard a great deal about the economy, law and order and the health service but nothing about that issue, which affects us all.
The "People's Manifesto" has changed all of that. Danny (pictured above) is standing in Bristol West. A key aspect of his manifesto is as follows: "Dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs should be forced to wear the offending turd as a moustache for the rest of the day". Here at Dog Fouling and Red Rubber Bands we think laterally but we have never hit on this brilliant idea.
We need to ensure that the voters of Bristol West get out and make a statement. Let's see them trailing dog excrement into the polling stations and then putting their cross where it counts!
Let's really let the candidates smell the mood of the people and the state of this country!
Full report here.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
On an Easter trip to Cornwall, I saw this sign:
It made me sad to think that Carrick District Council has ceased to exist as it clearly had a vision as regards the fouling issue.
I was mainly concerned at the instruction "Do Not Allow Your Dog To Foul Footpaths or Grass Verges". What is this actually saying? Does it mean that if my dog goes to foul the grass verge I should pull it onto the pavement? If it goes to foul the footpath, should I quickly drag it to a road?
Above all, how do I stop it from fouling? Is this a case of insert a cork until you get home?
Cornwall is a strange land as we have discussed before. Fouling is a long standing issue. I often wonder what the tin miners did for toilets and I wonder if the Knockers were simply making a point about sanitation.
Oh Cornwall, let it flow!