A Bridlington estate is waging war on dog dirt to provide local youngsters with a football field.
West Hill Community Centre and local police say if people would stop dumping dog mess on the football field at the rear of Matson Road funding is available to meet a local demand to run teenage football teams during the summer holidays.
PC Nikki Cammis, of Bridlington Police Neighbourhood Team, is supporting the campaign and is ready to tackle irresponsible dog owners.
“I am determined to catch everyone one of them who takes their dog on to the playing field and does not clear up their dog poo and give them a fixed penalty ticket,” she said.
There is also be a dog poo problem on the play park outside the Community Centre.
Cec Lindley, West Hill Community Centre Manager, said they had been trying for a long time to get something for teenagers on the estate.
“We have run our youth club for the past nine years . There used to be a local man who ran a football group and there is a demand for it. These teenagers are isolated up here on the estate.
“The last bus in or out is 5.30pm. There is nowhere for them to go and they don’t have the money to do anything else so we have to provide areas for children and teenagers to play up here but if they are all covered with dog poo we have a problem,” she said.
The centre runs a youth club and youth drop in for teenagers and the idea is to use funding available through the Community First Panel, The Roots Project and Active First agencies to pay for a session worker who will be responsible for setting up and running football teams in conjunction with West Hill Community Centre.
The Roots Project also has access for a mobile sports arena opening up posibilities of floodlightin for football an even dance events.
“It is all about getting agencies to work together,” said Mrs Lindley.
It is local people who walk their dogs around the play park and on the football field where the problem is much worse as it is more out of the way.
The council owned and maintained field has been used by other organisations, and is still used occasionally but it has become almost unseable,” said Mrs Lindley.
Younger children who attend the Community Centre are also playing their part by creating anti-dog fouling posters which will be displayed around the field and play park areas asking owners to pick up dog dirt.
The subject is sure to be raised at a walkabout surgery on the estate tomorrow, Friday, by representatives of the Police, Council, and other agencies.
Failing to pick up and dispose of dog poo is an offence under ERYC bye-laws and can carry with in a fixed penalty fine of £75.