REINWOOD residents are calling on the council to solve a dog fouling problem at a local play area.
A ‘No dog fouling’ sign was put up by the Kirklees Council dog warden on a playing field between Victory Avenue and Reinwood Road – but they have admitted it is in the wrong place.
The playing field was being plagued by a spate of dog fouling.
However, the sign was placed in a patch of woodland next to a small path leading to a housing estate, rather than being sited on the main path through the field.
Local Kirklees councillor Christine Stanfield said the sign was hidden from view and residents have called for it to be moved.
“The sign itself is perfect but it is in the wrong place. The majority of people use the main path and you can walk straight past that way without seeing it.”
She said dog fouling meant the playing field was not safe for children to play on and the issue was becoming a big problem.
“Green space is for everybody to use and if it is used as a dogs’ lavatory it becomes dangerous to let children play. Ever since I became a councillor I have found it a never-ending battle to get people to pick up after their dogs. I am a dog lover but I am very much pro responsible dog ownership.”
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said there were plans to move the sign to a more prominent position.
“This sign was put up at the request of the dog warden and, unfortunately, it has been put in the wrong place.
“It will be moved to the correct place and, in addition, we will arrange for a second sign to be sited at the Victory Avenue.”