Dog mess and vandals ruining Ovington Cricket Club’s vital pitch preparation

Alan Fletcher at the Ovington Cricket Club ground

A sign warns people off the square at the Ovington Cricket Club ground

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A CRICKET club in York has hit out at vandals and irresponsible dog owners who have ruined its preparation for the new season.

Members of Ovington Cricket Club, based on Little Knavesmire for almost 80 years, said their pitch had been fouled by dogs whose owners did not clear up the mess, while vandals had stolen bungee cords used to protect the square.

The cords were installed at the recommendation of City of York Council to protect young players by helping the club to prepare a safe wicket.

Alan Fletcher, from the club, said he was disappointed the council were not taking the matter further.

Mr Fletcher said: “The actions of both vandals and dog-walkers have made this winter a complete nightmare in terms of preparations for the upcoming season.

“The protective wire installed to help provide a safe surface for young, aspiring cricketers to play on has been stolen and the police refuse to investigate the matter further because of us not being able to provide CCTV for the centre of a cricket pitch.”

Mr Fletcher said the theft of the bungee cord may seem a trivial matter, but it had been provided at a great expense to the club, and he urged authorities to take more action.

He said: “It isn’t just an issue for the cricket club. It’s a general public health issue for users of Little Knavesmire.

“There are facilities available on the Little Knavesmire to dispose of this waste but we have found numerous examples of the mess being left around the club’s facilities and in areas where the public, especially children, regularly walk.

“The council rent the field to us, and we feel more enforcement of laws against dog fouling should be made use of in these public places.”

Charlie Croft, from the council, said: “There are six prominently-placed dog waste bins on the perimeter of Little Knavesmire as well as reminders that people who do not clean up after their dog or who litter with bags of dog waste can be given on-the-spot fines of up to £75.

“We routinely patrol the area and will fine people we see committing these offences. While we applaud responsible dog walkers, we appeal to those who spoil this space and endanger health to either use the bins provided or dispose of the waste at home.”

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9:39am Mon 3 Mar 14

smudge2 says...

Where there's muck there's money !
Where there's muck there's money ! smudge2
  • Score: -9

9:45am Mon 3 Mar 14

eeoodares says...

Used to play sports on there as a kid, it was covered in dog dollops back then.

Weird how the Police keep saying they will not take action...you might as well stick a sign up saying 'commit crimes here, the Cops don't care'
Used to play sports on there as a kid, it was covered in dog dollops back then. Weird how the Police keep saying they will not take action...you might as well stick a sign up saying 'commit crimes here, the Cops don't care' eeoodares
  • Score: 15

9:54am Mon 3 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

this cricket pitch has been there for donkeys years seemingly without too many problems but unfortunately noone respects other peoples property nowadays.the mind boggles at the attitude of the police and they wonder why noone respects them.basically what they are saying is,show us a film of whoever did it and then we might just go round pick them up and let them off with a caution.
this cricket pitch has been there for donkeys years seemingly without too many problems but unfortunately noone respects other peoples property nowadays.the mind boggles at the attitude of the police and they wonder why noone respects them.basically what they are saying is,show us a film of whoever did it and then we might just go round pick them up and let them off with a caution. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 6

10:19am Mon 3 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

I go out on here everyday.... i did for the first time see a stray turd this morning. Usually its fine and the dog owners i see don’t let them anywhere near the wicket. But the area has been a hot spot for cider drinking ever since i was a kid... hence the vandalism...

Oh any 3 dog bins on here too i might add... not 6... the councillor of poop scooping obv doesn’t site visit too much...
I go out on here everyday.... i did for the first time see a stray turd this morning. Usually its fine and the dog owners i see don’t let them anywhere near the wicket. But the area has been a hot spot for cider drinking ever since i was a kid... hence the vandalism... Oh any 3 dog bins on here too i might add... not 6... the councillor of poop scooping obv doesn’t site visit too much... Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 2

11:18am Mon 3 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

How do they know it's dog's fouling the pitch?? It’s more likely to be the vandals or the elderly cricket players
How do they know it's dog's fouling the pitch?? It’s more likely to be the vandals or the elderly cricket players YorkPatrol
  • Score: -12

12:16pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Knavesmire view says...

Can't say I've ever seen them patrol the area myself (not to say that they don't).

It is a simple matter of courtesy and respect to other users and the cricket club to pick up mess and also to report vandalism.

It may seem trivial to some, but for the Club I am sure it is an absolute nightmare, particularly when it shouldn't be happening in the first place!
Can't say I've ever seen them patrol the area myself (not to say that they don't). It is a simple matter of courtesy and respect to other users and the cricket club to pick up mess and also to report vandalism. It may seem trivial to some, but for the Club I am sure it is an absolute nightmare, particularly when it shouldn't be happening in the first place! Knavesmire view
  • Score: 7

5:43pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Dr Robert says...

The name Charlie Croft and positive action against vandals do not go together, I do not know how he remains as a servant of the people of York. I have never seen wardens of any description on any part of the Knavesmire, that area has also been a vandal hotspot for many years, not to mention flytipping near the Hamilton Panthers changing block that still goes on to this day. It would soon discourage the yob element from the area if the POLICE occasionally toured the area.
The name Charlie Croft and positive action against vandals do not go together, I do not know how he remains as a servant of the people of York. I have never seen wardens of any description on any part of the Knavesmire, that area has also been a vandal hotspot for many years, not to mention flytipping near the Hamilton Panthers changing block that still goes on to this day. It would soon discourage the yob element from the area if the POLICE occasionally toured the area. Dr Robert
  • Score: 5

2:07am Tue 4 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

There is a growing number of lazy dog owners in York. Just take a walk on the shared pathway from Huntington new Lane to the Monks Cross park and ride site, and the verges are turning brown with the sheer volume of dog mess that is amassing down there... people walk down there thinking 'there are fields nearby' and let their dog run free to sh!t where it pleases, whilst getting in the way of bike traffic going along there, and not picking up after their dog (or if they do, they then leave the bag there on the grass, which is utterly pointless)....

.... if you get or have a dog, remember that for every "oh look how cute he is" moment, you have a moment where you have to pick up a smelly turd (a bit like with a new baby really).
There is a growing number of lazy dog owners in York. Just take a walk on the shared pathway from Huntington new Lane to the Monks Cross park and ride site, and the verges are turning brown with the sheer volume of dog mess that is amassing down there... people walk down there thinking 'there are fields nearby' and let their dog run free to sh!t where it pleases, whilst getting in the way of bike traffic going along there, and not picking up after their dog (or if they do, they then leave the bag there on the grass, which is utterly pointless).... .... if you get or have a dog, remember that for every "oh look how cute he is" moment, you have a moment where you have to pick up a smelly turd (a bit like with a new baby really). Magicman!
  • Score: -2

8:01am Tue 4 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

Magicman! wrote:
There is a growing number of lazy dog owners in York. Just take a walk on the shared pathway from Huntington new Lane to the Monks Cross park and ride site, and the verges are turning brown with the sheer volume of dog mess that is amassing down there... people walk down there thinking 'there are fields nearby' and let their dog run free to sh!t where it pleases, whilst getting in the way of bike traffic going along there, and not picking up after their dog (or if they do, they then leave the bag there on the grass, which is utterly pointless).... .... if you get or have a dog, remember that for every "oh look how cute he is" moment, you have a moment where you have to pick up a smelly turd (a bit like with a new baby really).
Get a grip....

"getting in the way of bike traffic"........ oh yes, because they have the right of way don't they....
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: There is a growing number of lazy dog owners in York. Just take a walk on the shared pathway from Huntington new Lane to the Monks Cross park and ride site, and the verges are turning brown with the sheer volume of dog mess that is amassing down there... people walk down there thinking 'there are fields nearby' and let their dog run free to sh!t where it pleases, whilst getting in the way of bike traffic going along there, and not picking up after their dog (or if they do, they then leave the bag there on the grass, which is utterly pointless).... .... if you get or have a dog, remember that for every "oh look how cute he is" moment, you have a moment where you have to pick up a smelly turd (a bit like with a new baby really).[/p][/quote]Get a grip.... "getting in the way of bike traffic"........ oh yes, because they have the right of way don't they.... YorkPatrol
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Minsterred says...

This must be heartbreaking for the small number of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that hundreds of youngsters in the area get to play cricket as well as the senior teams. Its unforgiveable to steal the perimeter rope that cordoned off the wicket, just totaly mindless and its money that could have been spent on the clubs kids.
Im a dog owner living very near to little knavesmire but Ive discovered this amazing invention called a plastic bag, it cleans up dog mess in about 5 seconds. The volume of dog mess has got a lot worse this year and is pure laziness on the dog owners part. For me you could ban dogs from there totally and restrict them to the main knavesmire, the problem has now become really bad around the cricket pitch and the football pitches and has become a serious health hazard affecting children. Really feel for the club being so badly affected by the moronic and the lazy.
This must be heartbreaking for the small number of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that hundreds of youngsters in the area get to play cricket as well as the senior teams. Its unforgiveable to steal the perimeter rope that cordoned off the wicket, just totaly mindless and its money that could have been spent on the clubs kids. Im a dog owner living very near to little knavesmire but Ive discovered this amazing invention called a plastic bag, it cleans up dog mess in about 5 seconds. The volume of dog mess has got a lot worse this year and is pure laziness on the dog owners part. For me you could ban dogs from there totally and restrict them to the main knavesmire, the problem has now become really bad around the cricket pitch and the football pitches and has become a serious health hazard affecting children. Really feel for the club being so badly affected by the moronic and the lazy. Minsterred
  • Score: 0

5:58pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Minsterred says...

This must be heartbreaking for the small number of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that hundreds of youngsters in the area get to play cricket as well as the senior teams. Its unforgiveable to steal the perimeter rope that cordoned off the wicket, just totaly mindless and its money that could have been spent on the clubs kids.
Im a dog owner living very near to little knavesmire but Ive discovered this amazing invention called a plastic bag, it cleans up dog mess in about 5 seconds. The volume of dog mess has got a lot worse this year and is pure laziness on the dog owners part. For me you could ban dogs from there totally and restrict them to the main knavesmire, the problem has now become really bad around the cricket pitch and the football pitches and has become a serious health hazard affecting children. Really feel for the club being so badly affected by the moronic and the lazy.
This must be heartbreaking for the small number of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that hundreds of youngsters in the area get to play cricket as well as the senior teams. Its unforgiveable to steal the perimeter rope that cordoned off the wicket, just totaly mindless and its money that could have been spent on the clubs kids. Im a dog owner living very near to little knavesmire but Ive discovered this amazing invention called a plastic bag, it cleans up dog mess in about 5 seconds. The volume of dog mess has got a lot worse this year and is pure laziness on the dog owners part. For me you could ban dogs from there totally and restrict them to the main knavesmire, the problem has now become really bad around the cricket pitch and the football pitches and has become a serious health hazard affecting children. Really feel for the club being so badly affected by the moronic and the lazy. Minsterred
  • Score: 0

11:38pm Tue 4 Mar 14

eeoodares says...

Magicman! wrote:
There is a growing number of lazy dog owners in York. Just take a walk on the shared pathway from Huntington new Lane to the Monks Cross park and ride site, and the verges are turning brown with the sheer volume of dog mess that is amassing down there... people walk down there thinking 'there are fields nearby' and let their dog run free to sh!t where it pleases, whilst getting in the way of bike traffic going along there, and not picking up after their dog (or if they do, they then leave the bag there on the grass, which is utterly pointless)....

.... if you get or have a dog, remember that for every "oh look how cute he is" moment, you have a moment where you have to pick up a smelly turd (a bit like with a new baby really).
How fast are you cycling, sounds like you are a danger to pedestrians!
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: There is a growing number of lazy dog owners in York. Just take a walk on the shared pathway from Huntington new Lane to the Monks Cross park and ride site, and the verges are turning brown with the sheer volume of dog mess that is amassing down there... people walk down there thinking 'there are fields nearby' and let their dog run free to sh!t where it pleases, whilst getting in the way of bike traffic going along there, and not picking up after their dog (or if they do, they then leave the bag there on the grass, which is utterly pointless).... .... if you get or have a dog, remember that for every "oh look how cute he is" moment, you have a moment where you have to pick up a smelly turd (a bit like with a new baby really).[/p][/quote]How fast are you cycling, sounds like you are a danger to pedestrians! eeoodares
  • Score: 0

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