Should dogs be banned from the Quoiting Green?

We love our dogs but in the interests of guaranteed cleanliness should dogs be banned from the Quoiting Green?





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  1. Karen Nelson
    Karen Nelson May 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm | | Reply

    As a responsible owner who cleans up after their dog, I feel it would be a pity not to allow dogs on the quoiting green. Places to excercise dogs in Stow are limited, particularly at this time of year when the fields are full of lambs. I like to walk through the beech woods at Torsonce but there is not always time, and once the cattle are in the field I don’t feel too safe. However,I do understand the concern about the dog mess and wish all dog owners would be more responsible.

    1. anon
      anon May 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm | | Reply

      Yep it’s the owners not the dogs that are the problem. If the irresponsible minority could just see far enough to become more responsible in this area, that is all it would take. Perhaps they’ll read these comments and be humbled into doing this. We would all like to enjoy the quoiting green – dog owner or not – and the dogs too!

  2. anon
    anon May 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm | | Reply

    i am lead to believe the quoting green belongs to the scottish borders council,if so how can we in stow ban dogs from going in it,which as a dog lover i think is wron

  3. Gordon
    Gordon May 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm | | Reply

    The quoting green belongs to The Stow Trust. So it belongs to the village. It is not the dogs that are the problem. They don’t know any better. There are 2 bins at the gate that are for the poo. All that is needed is for the minority of dog owners who just can’t be bothered to use them. The few are spoiling it for the many.

  4. anon
    anon May 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm | | Reply

    gordon,who or what is the stow trust?ive done a check on stow trust,who im told get donations from edf,yet when i looked into them,there was no bank accounts and no assets or any book keeping,so can you tell me who collects the donations and how does one find out where the monies go

  5. gill
    gill May 20, 2012 at 7:45 am | | Reply

    I’ve voted to allow dogs onto the Quoiting Green.I have two dogs which I take outside the village to exercise.However I realise that not everyone is able or would wish to do that.
    The problem of dog mess on the Quoiting Green is a longstanding one and I’m not sure of the answer apart from everyone being vigilant about reporting the offenders.

  6. Steffen Taschner
    Steffen Taschner May 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm | | Reply

    I don’t have a dog, but I once worked with a programme concerned with littering, dog fouling, graffiti etc. In my humble opinion, dogs should be banned from playgrounds (& they already are), but otherwise I think they should be allowed wherever their responsible owners can legally take them in Stow. It would be a shame to punish the many for the transgressions of the few. What we could do is ensure that plastic bags are available somewhere, just in case people accidentally come out without a roll of poo-bags. Putting up a dispenser at the quoiting green might alleviate the problem, and the cost would surely fit the bill of community benefit from the windfarm funds? It’s no panacea, but it might help.

    Furthermore, making it clear that the quoiting green is more than a dog toilet might have an impact, too – emphasising that it really IS a place where kids play, so leaving dog mess there poses a health risk? In the extreme, leaving your dog’s poo in a public place could still result in children going blind (!), even if your particular pampered pooch is free of the toxocara worm: any dog poo in public places has an influence on the behaviour of other dog owners, especially those who are inclined to skip their duties, so it is vital that there is a clean-slate approach to dog poo. I think children’s safety is a more effective issue, communication-wise, than idle threats of punishment and curtain-twitching. Knowing that doing your duty keeps local kids safe, even in a roundabout way (whilst NOT doing it puts them at risk) should help create the internal motivation necessary for people to do the right thing even when no one is watching. Perhaps a poster with a kid saying ‘thanks for keeping me safe’ above the above suggested roll of dispensers?

  7. Gordon
    Gordon May 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | | Reply

    Stow Parish Trust, SC027344

    A simple search of the OSCR web site will give you a contact address. . I have been asking questions with little success. Even though I believe one of the members is also a member of the Community Council

  8. Karen Nelson
    Karen Nelson June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | | Reply

    I agree with Steffen’s ideas about making dog owners aware of the health risks to children and maybe providing bags. On a slightly different subject, I think there is a distinct lack of places to walk with or without dogs around the village. The beech woods are great but not, as I have said before, when there are cattle in the field. It would be lovely to have a proper walking path to enjoy a bit of excercise in our beautiful surroundings. Maybe even somewhere suitable for cyclists, safely off the roads.

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