Clitheroe Royal Grammar School tackles playing field dog fouling

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A CLITHEROE high school is stepping up action against dog fouling to combat the problem at its playing fields

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School has seen a significant increase in dog fouling on the fields at its Chatburn Road site. This has led to reminders to members of the public their playing fields are private property.

However, the school claims a few members of the public have ignored signs and some have deliberately defaced, vandalised or removed them.

A school spokesman said: “The issue of dog fouling has been raised by PE staff as they feel it is a significant health risk to students and staff.

“On numerous occasions PE staff have had to clear up dog faeces before they can start their lessons.

“The caretakers and site team have also noted a steady increase in the problem, even seeing members of the public and their dogs in the grounds during the school day.”

He added: “Dog faeces can cause a significant threat to human health through toxocariasis, an infection caused by roundworm which lives in the intestines of dogs. In extreme cases toxocariasis can result in permanent vision loss.

“The school has also had concerns raised by neighbours who have seen members of the public playing golf and other sports on the school fields and facilities at weekends. There have also been reports of a member of the public digging up the school field with a metal detector.

“Clitheroe Royal Grammar School takes the safeguarding of its students and staff very seriously. Unauthorised visitors to its site are not allowed and the school has invested in new security measures and signage.

“The school has been working in consultation with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and stiles at the rear of the site have been removed.”

Headteacher Mrs Judith Child added: “The health and safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance to us. The school and its governing body have worked hard towards securing a safe outdoor environment. Our students also feel very strongly about this problem.”