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New dog fouling laws

Welcome to my first issue of the Parish Pen and I would like to thank all the Councillors, staff and residents that I have met for making me so welcome. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the weeks and months to come.
Beverley Greenwood, Parish Manager


Mill Lane Allotments
Works to establish the new village allotment site bounded by Mill Lane and Kirby Road is now almost complete and allotment holders will be able to gain access to their plot from Friday 16th September 2016 (a letter to plot holders will be sent out shortly).
There are only 1.5 plots left on the new site – so if you are interested please get in touch with Jo on 0116 2312498/email admin@glenfieldparishcouncil.org.uk.
Usually meeting on a Tuesday morning, the Environment, Recreation and Sports Committee (ERS) will be holding their October meeting on the 11th October 2016 at 7.30 pm in the Main Hall at Park House and all allotment holders, Mill Lane and Main Street, are invited to attend to air their views etc during the public participation. An agenda for the meeting will be posted on notice boards early October 2016.
The event will be opened by BBC broadcaster Ady Dayman. This is a date not to be missed and we hope to see as many residents as possible at this event. All of the stalls will be run by local organisations, who will benefit from the proceeds of their stall.


Glorious Glenfield – Summer Garden Competition
Thank you to everyone who took part in the garden competition and to the Gardeners' Association for allowing us to present the major awards at their annual show. The judges commented on the number of beautifully maintained gardens that there are in the village. Your efforts are appreciated by many and go a long way to making Glenfield a pleasant environment.
The winners of this year's Summer Garden Competition were:
Best Front Garden – Mrs & Mrs Blakesley
Best Floral Display – Mr George Greet


Glenfield Open Spaces
Thanks in part to the funds we have received as compensation for all the development work, the village will soon enjoy a lot of new amenity land and we have been upgrading existing parks and play equipment.
The sports ground has more level space and Ellis Park has a new footpath giving proper access from the south access to and from the new homes and we hope to see that surfaced before long.
We are hoping to upgrade the multisport areas at Ellis Park and refresh the surface markings at the Millennium Green. We are also exploring possibilities for more facilities on Ellis Park for young adults.
We have now completed the wildflower planting and trees in the area we have been developing as a wild life corner. You will have seen it has a new pedestrian entrance and we are now opening it up to the public properly with access over the A50 now light controlled.
We have acquired a large number of new park benches and picnic tables and these will start appearing around our green areas. Signs will also be going up encouraging people to enjoy these areas. Unfortunately to allow all to enjoy them some restrictions on use for some purposes are needed and we are trying to be fair by everyone. A new set of Byelaws have been created which are going through due process (slowly) before coming into effect.
We have also had to address the issue of dogs. The great majority of dog walkers are very responsible but not all. We are providing some new and additional dog waste bins but we do need to encourage all owners to use them. On health ground we will not be allowing dogs in the children's play areas which means the play area off Mill Lane and the enclosed young children's area on Ellis Park. There are other areas used for sport where it is essential that owners know where their dogs have done the necessary so that it can be retrieved and dispatched and we will be requiring that dogs be kept on leads here. The Sports Ground and the bulk of Ellis Park come within this designation. Finally we cannot have dogs in the Wildlife Area. As the copses and wild flowers mature we hope to attract all sorts of birds and small mammals and they would not stay or breed with dogs about. We do of course wish to find somewhere for dog walking and a few hundred yards from the entrance of this area to the north side of the A50 we have created a dog walking area between Rothley Brook and the stream which feeds into it.


New Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) laws designed to force careless dog owners to take more responsibility of their pets came into effect during May 2016 in the District of Blaby. The orders to control dogs were introduced across Blaby District's parks and open spaces on Monday 16 May 2016, as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act. Blaby District Council is one of the first councils to be taking this action.
Anyone guilty of an offence under the new orders will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty. Failure to pay the fine can result in court action and a fine of up to £1000. Covert cameras will be applied for to identify offenders.
Dog walkers are clearly ignoring the 'No dogs sign' within the churchyard and they should be aware that enforcement will be applied.
The parish has also asked for a dog bin to be installed along the pathway between Glebe Close and Saddlers Close in an effort to stop dog foul bags being thrown over neighbouring garden fences or put under hedges within the path. Again enforcement will be applied.
Anyone witnessing such action should report it to BDC either via their website or telephone 0116 2750555 with details.
Children, and the vulnerable are at risk with this sort of inconsiderate behaviour. Together we can stop this sort of action.

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