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Dogs on play areas

Dogs on Play Areas
The Problem - Dogs on children's playgrounds represent a major health and injury hazard:
Toxocariasis - a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites, most commonly found in cats, dogs and foxes faeces.
Children and young adults are usually affected due to contact with contaminated soil or sand within play areas by swallowing the infected egg.
There is evidence that dogs can also carry E.coli and hepatitis in their faeces.
There are over 7,000 admissions to hospital for dog bites and attacks annually in the U.K. and under 10's were most likely to be admitted. (NHS Digital)
The Law - The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act: 2014 Dog control orders / Public space protection orders www.gov.uk/control-dog-public/overview
Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Any person who permits a dog in their charge to foul any area that has a Public space protection order enforcement is committing an offence. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) law designed to force careless dog owners to take more responsibility of their pets came into effect during May 2016. 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 was one of the first councils to take this action.
Anyone guilty of an offence under the new orders can be issued with a £100 fixed penalty. Failure to pay the fine can result in court action and a fine of up to £1000. Trained volunteers from across the district now assist the Council to enforce the new legislation.
The dog control orders include:
•  Dog fouling
•  Not having a suitable item to pick up dog fouling
•  Not placing/keeping a dog on lead when directed
•  Not having a dog on a lead within a cemetery/graveyard/churchyard
•  Taking a dog into/permitting a dog to enter/allowing a dog to remain in an enclosed play area

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services, said: "Dog fouling and out of control dogs are issues facing the whole of Leicestershire.
"Dog fouling will not be tolerated and the new PSPOs are designed to ensure we have the powers to take action and fine the minority of people who cause misery to residents enjoying the great parks and open spaces we have in Blaby District."
Maintaining the play area - Removing dog faeces from the playground is an unpleasant task for maintenance and cleansing staff. Some loose-fill surfaces (sand/bark) in areas will also attract cats which can also spread diseases in their droppings. In some areas fox and sheep droppings may be a problem.
Guide dogs - Guide dogs for the visually impaired are generally excluded from this advice.

Glenfield Walks
That there are a selection of suggested walks in, around and from Glenfield – Ellis Circular, Railway Heritage, Glenfields Southern Fringe, Castle Hill, Down by the Waterside, Woods Ancient & Modern, Burroughs Wood and Peartree Woods.
They are of varying lengths and some are easier than others. They have been devised by members of the Parish Council (special thanks to Cllr Nick Cox for walking some of them and providing feedback) and the maps give an indication as to where they go. Hopefully they will encourage people to discover the back ways around Glenfield and the surrounding countryside. Details of the walks and maps can be found on the Parish Council's website - http://www.glenfieldparishcouncil.org.uk/local-walks

Glenfield has been the site of a settlement since about 800 BC and was featured in the Doomsday Book. In more recent times it played a strong part in the early development of the railways and some former tracks provide easy walking routes. As is the case with many villages which have seen rapid expansion and urbanisation Glenfield is hardly a 'pretty' village and indeed is in reality a small town with a population of about 11,000.

Glenfield does however have many corners of historic interest and a number of wildlife havens, including the Rothley Brook corridor. The large scale recent developments have actually created a number of new open access areas giving more opportunities for circular walks

A number of these walks are updated versions of walks published in 'FIVE CIRCULAR WALKS IN AND AROUND GLENFIELD' which is no longer in print although a few copies are still available. Every effort has been made to ensure that the details of the walks were correct when printed. If you do find any problems on the ground or find any element not perhaps as clear as it could be, please advise the Parish Council who will arrange for matters to be checked, resolved or updated. Also if you wish to suggest another walk we could include please feel free to do so.

You are responsible for your own safety at all times and we would recommend you carry a detailed map if you are going into open countryside and woodlands around Glenfield. Please remember when walking in the countryside to follow the countryside code and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and to carry protection against possible rain.

Armistice Day
On behalf of the residents of Glenfield, the Chair of Glenfield Parish Council laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on Saturday 11th November 2017, Armistice Day. Both the Armistice Day Service and the Remembrance Sunday service were well attended this year. In 2018 the Parish Council will be officially lighting a beacon in Ellis Park to commemorate the end of WW1 as part of the "Battle's Over - a Nation's Tribute". In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, a chain of 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK overseas Territories at 7.00 pm on the 11th November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent. Further details as to the events taking place prior to the lighting of the beacon will be published as they are confirmed.

Only TWO vacancies remaining for a Parish Councillor
We currently have two vacancies for a Parish Councillor. If you would like to get more involved in the work of the Parish Council then please contact us on 0116 231 2498 to find out more. As a Parish Councillor you will help represent the views of local residents and make decisions about the running of current and future services for the village.
Your Parish Councillors are:
Ellis Ward – Councillors Richard Bowers (Chair of Council), Carl Hamill, Daniel Moule, Ray Smith, John Springthorpe and Anna Baker.
Fairestone Ward – Councillors Thelma Abbott, Roger Boby, Nicholas Chapman, Nick Cox, Roy Denney (Vice Chair of Council), Mike Neal, Ken Russell and Richard Wyatt.

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