Bestwood Village dog mess angers councillors

Dog owners who let their pets foul different parts of Bestwood Village came under fire at this week’s meeting of the parish council.

Chairman Denis Beeston said: “I am very annoyed that this is happening.”

Members voiced particular concern that dog droppings had been found on a children’s play area.

Councillor Beeston said a youngster could be blinded by getting dog faeces on his or her eye.

The council thought anti-dog-fouling patrols of Bestwood were likely to be more effective than signs being put up. “Dogs can’t read,” said Councillor Beeston.

He went on to say he was disappointed that police were not represented at meetings of the council.

“People at a meeting may bring up issues which only the police can deal with,” said Coun Beeston.

But Coun Chris Barnfather (Con), who represents Bestwood on Notts County Council, said there was a police presence outside the village’s Hawthorne Primary School last Thursday morning in a bid to stop parents stopping their cars on zigzag lines to drop their children off.

The council hit out at a delay with a plan for apartments to be built on the site of the former Bestwood Hotel pub on Park Road.

They say the disused building is currently a major eyesore at the heart of the village.