Residents’ anger at mess on field

15th August 2011' Residents in South Kirkby are worried a child will go blind as dog owners are letting their dogs poop on the kids' playing field. They come in after playing on the filed with it on their shoes and hands.'Pictured: Betty Paxman
15th August 2011' Residents in South Kirkby are worried a child will go blind as dog owners are letting their dogs poop on the kids' playing field. They come in after playing on the filed with it on their shoes and hands.'Pictured: Betty Paxman
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ANGRY residents fear their children may go blind due to careless dog owners leaving their animals’ mess all over a popular playing field.

People who live around the Park Estate in South Kirkby gathered together to show they will no longer tolerate the dirt that is being left near their homes.

Chair of the local residents’ association, Betty Paxman, 72, of Park Estate, said it was a great cause of concern.

She said: “Children play on the grass and we hold a number of community events there and they come to us covered in the stuff. It is all over their shoes and their hands. I worry that one day a child will get it in their eye and end up blind. It’s just not fair.”

Toxocariasis is a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites which can cause blindness in children and is spread from animals to humans via their infected faeces.

Mrs Paxman said: “People think the area is a dog walk, and that is not the case. We joined the council’s ‘Live Where You Love’ scheme and this is just ruining it.

“Why can’t they just pick it up and take it home and put it in a bin. People just need educating because they don’t see the danger it causes.”

Parent Tracy Conroy, 38, also of Park Estate, will not let her seven-year-old son Harley play on the field because of the dog dirt.

She said: “The kids in the area don’t have many places to play and the dog mess on the grass means they can’t play on there because it is so dangerous. They could catch anything from it. It’s utterly disgusting. I have two dogs and I can clean up after them so why can’t other people?”

Mrs Paxman complained to Wakefield Council which recently sent out leaflets warning of the dangers of dog mess.

A council spokeswoman said: “Now that we are aware of the situation our street cleansing staff will attend the location and remove the offending dog mess as soon as possible. Street scene services will also look at placing some dog fouling bins within this location, along with tackling the anti-social aspect of dog owners allowing their dog to foul in public open spaces.”