£20k project to fence Bury football pitches in response to dog mess hazard

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Fences are to be installed on two Bury St Edmunds recreation grounds in an attempt to stop dog fouling on grass pitches, after football clubs flagged up the issue to a councillor.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has secured up to £10,000 of funding from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund to fence two football pitches at Oakes Road and Tollgate Recreation Ground, with work due to start next month.

Cllrs Bob Cockle and Paul Hopfensperger, borough councillors for St Olaves ward, and Cllr Mark Ereira, Suffolk county councillor for the area, have all pledged locality grant funding towards the £19,855 project.

Cllr Hopfensperger, who has pledged £1,500 from his locality budget, said: “This is democracy in action. Residents on my ward highlighted this issue to me and called for the fields to be fenced off.

“I hope people will be able to enjoy playing football on these fields without the health hazards of landing in dogs mess.”

Cllr Cockle, who has pledged £500, said: “This has become a big issue for residents on the Howard Estate and I am delighted a practical solution has been found.”