No more ‘foul play’ at Ellerslie Road play area

L-R Cllr Des Brailey, Cllr Rodney Cann and Cllr Dick Jones at Ellerslie Rd play area

Posted on: 1 April 2016

The children’s play area at Ellerslie Road is now a dog free zone, with the installation of a new fence.

Following calls from local residents that dogs were fouling in and around the play area, local councillors have taken action to create a safe play zone.

Following permission from Fremington Parish Council, new fencing to surround the play area has been funded through an application to the North Devon Communities Fund, administered by North Devon Council.

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “Fortunately, the majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets. However, a selfish minority can really blight a local community and users of the play area were rightly concerned about the health implications of dog fouling in their park. I’m pleased that we have been able to provide a solution to keep local children safe by protecting their play area from dogs and the mess they leave behind. There are dog bins at both entrances to the park so there really is no excuse not to pick up after your dog. Please bag it and bin it!”

Local ward member, Councillor Des Brailey, says: “I’d been approached on a number of occasions by local parents concerned about the dog mess in Ellerslie Road play area and a fence seemed the natural solution to the problem. The fence looks really good and will reassure parents that their children can now play safely.”

Local ward member, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “I’m really happy that we’ve been able to help out here and I hope that local users of the park are as pleased with the results as we are. I would like to thank Fremington Parish Council Parks and Playing Fields Committee, without their kind permission we wouldn’t have been able to provide this much-needed addition to the play area.”

The North Devon Communities Fund allows towns and parishes and the voluntary and community groups within them to work together to tackle local community issues. The fund is now closed to applications, with more funding possibly available later in the year. More information is available at www.northdevon.gov.uk/grants.

You can report dog fouling online or call 01271 388870.

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