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‘d like to make a request this month for some consideration and courtesy from local residents


on the three P‘s — parking, pavements and dog mess. They are subjects that have been filling the mail boxes of a number of local residents over the past few months and they seem to be getting worse. I‘ll start with the most unpleasant and


dangerous to health – dog mess. Many of us own a dog and enjoy taking it for a walk in the fields, woodland, parks and playing fields around the village. And most of us try to be responsible and clear up after our canine pals. Sadly there appears to be a number of


residents who believe that their dog‘s doings are not for them to clear up. I know it‘s not a particularly pleasant task, but it is really very important. At a recent parish council meeting we heard


how council grounds staff regularly found their uniforms splattered with dog mess. Not pleasant for them or their washing machines. Worse still, the football and cricket teams


which use many of our open spaces are increasingly have to spend time cleaning up the pitches before they play. The situation for children playing on our open


spaces can be far worse when the possibility of contracting eye infections and possible blindness through the toxascaris worm found in dog faeces is taken into account. It‘s also not very pleasant for a number of residents who find mess on the pavements


outside their homes. A couple of residents have woken each day to a pile outside their gate, which they clear away, only to see it replaced the following morning. So next time you are out with your dog, ensure


you clear up after them. If you haven‘t got a bag with you, another dog walker will often have a spare. If you still can‘t be bothered to clear up, watch out — a fixed penalty notice and a fine may soon be coming your way. If there are any areas where dog walkers think a dog waste bin would be useful, please let me know. My second request is for those who use


wheelchairs or mobility scooters, who are a little unsteady on their feet or who push a buggy or pushchair. Parking on the pavement seems to becoming all too prevalent in the village. I‘m not talking about roads such as


Breakspeare Road, where a lack of off-street parking means a delicate balance between cars and pedestrians and where the residents take care to leave enough room for a passage for non- motorists. But there are a number of roads in the area where careless parking is forcing parents, the elderly and those with disabilities to use the road or grassed areas to get round cars. Pavements are for pedestrians, so if there is


enough room to park on the road or on your own drive, please do so. If you do park on the pavement, check there is


enough room for a wheelchair or pushchair to pass safely. There are a lot of residents who will thank you for it.


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