I AM writing about something that I feel very strongly about, and also the principle of the thing.
I am a firm believer that a person without principles is no good for themselves or anyone else.
I live on Palmer Avenue in Hucknall, which is a very nice area indeed. Many elderly people live there in the bungalows, which form a sheltered care complex.
The people who come to visit me always state that they wouldn’t mind living there themselves. There are also houses in private ownership.
However, now that the nights are drawing in and winter is approaching, some people are bringing their dogs for exercise and to relieve themselves.
Animals have to do this. I have no problem with it. I own a dog myself.
But I am annoyed with their insouciant attitude of these people by leaving the dog faeces on the floor, meaning someone else has to pick it up and take it for disposal.
I have seen them do it surreptitiously, when they think no-one is looking, by letting the dog off the lead and allowing them to do what they want on the lovely grass areas. Some dogs even run behind the bungalows on to residents’ back gardens.
As I have stated, I have no problem with them exercising their dogs if they keep them on the lead. But the principle is: why don’t they clean up after the dogs have done their ‘toileting’?
One always finds that calibre of person, who has no norms or values in life, spoils things for other people.
I have had three dogs in 35 years and I have always cleaned up after them, long before it became law, because I felt embarrassed by not doing so.
If a person does not like the idea of clearing or picking up faeces, even with a ‘doggie-bag’ over their fingers, then do what I do and use a garden trowel, which I find easy to carry and handle. It’s efficient and hygienic, and it can be washed with disinfectant.
I came out of my house the other morning and, lo and behold, there was a heap of dog faeces on the doorstep.
Then, later in the week, another pile, on the public footpath. It’s just not good enough.
These bungalows are for the people who, after a life of toil and bringing up families, now want retirement in peace. I have heard it said that they are for people in their twilight years.
My next point of principle is the state sometimes of The Connery, which is next to Palmer Avenue.
The Connery is a nice area but, again, you have that certain calibre who spoil it for everyone else.
The top end of The Connery, which leads to the Market Place, is in a disgusting state. Sometimes I have seen three or four lots of dog faeces there, which has been deposited at night.
It is interesting to note that several houses have been up for sale and are taking a long time to sell. Outside the houses, I have noticed, near the gates, yes you’ve guessed it, dog faeces.
Whether this is due to the social conditions, I don’t know. But what I do know is that when people are dealing with housing negotiations, they don’t want to live in an area fouled by too much dog faeces.
I really don’t feel that it’s fair for people who live in the other houses because it brings the area down and lowers the tone.
On the Albert Street Recreation Ground, next to Hucknall Leisure Centre, one also finds loads of dog faeces. Many people do clear up after their dogs because one sees a lot of used ‘doggie-bags’ in the receptacles. But again, you get that certain element not cleaning up.
Ashfield District Council have paid out a lot of money in the children’s play area. But it’s spoiled by this particular problem.
The council has left areas of grass uncut. This, I presume, is for wildlife. But people leave their dog faeces on the paths.
From time to time, I notice that local councils prosecute offenders — as a warning to members of the public. But they don’t do it enough and I’m afraid their efforts are not working.
What is to be done?