We all need to take pride in our local parks
I am in complete agreement with Callum Ogilvie, FC Claypotts manager, and the problem of dog fouling on the football pitches at Claypotts Park.
However, a much worse mess is left every weekend following football matches.
The pitches at Claypotts Park, Dawson Park and Riverview in Monifieth — where I, and many others walk their dogs — are completely littered by copious amounts of half-filled or empty juice and water bottles, along with discarded plastic tape (to hold up football socks).
In my view, this is even more of a problem than the dog waste.
I think both dog walkers and football teams need to take equal responsibility. Dog Walker.
* A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “The council works closely with local football associations to encourage football teams to reduce litter left on local authority pitches and to encourage more recycling of plastic bottles and other materials.
“A pilot scheme led to the development of a litter prevention protocol with sports clubs.
“We are now working to roll this project out across all council pitches as part of our ongoing Take Pride in Your City campaign. This is designed to persuade residents to support positive behaviour, and motivate them to help in the effort to prevent litter, dog fouling, chewing gum, fly-tipping and graffiti from blighting neighbourhoods.”
* After reading your article about dog fouling on a football pitch in Dundee, I am totally fed up with this ongoing issue.
Dundee City Council say they are patrolling the streets, but I’ve never seen any dog wardens — ever. I reckon we need to get tougher on irresponsible owners so that our
children can play in clean parks. Responsible Dog Owner.
* A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “The council acts on information from the public to build on high-profile enforcement campaigns against dog fouling.
“Anyone with information on dog fouling should phone 01382 436285, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The council currently issues around four million free dog bags a year which are available from local authority offices, as well as many other outlets throughout the city.
“More than 1,300 dog waste bins are also located across the city. There should be no excuse for dog mess on the streets, parks and beaches.”
Local tradesmen need work, too
I feel I need to speak out on behalf of local tradesmen in the city. As a time-served joiner, I’ve had to do five years’ apprenticeship for my skill and I often wonder why I bothered.
In the past six years I’ve had to work all over Scotland, leaving home very early and getting back late at night, and not seeing my kids until weekends —because I can’t get a job in my own city.
You would think with all the work going on at the Dundee Waterfront that local tradesmen, like myself, would be able to find work.
This doesn’t just affect tradesmen, though, it’s impacting the likes of the taxi trade, too.
If money isn’t being earned in the city, then there’s no money to be spent in the city either. Angry Tradesman.
Tragic tale of White Lady
In response to your recent article about ghosts in the local area, I recall one tale in the early 1940s, when I was a boy of about 12 or 13 years of age.
People used to talk of a ghost who haunted the Coffin Mill.
The ghost was said to be that of a woman who had been dragged into a machine by her hair.
Kids would go to the mill at night in a bid to have a chance sighting. I, myself, paid a visit with no success.
There was also a little poem about the incident called The White Lady, and is as follows:
She’s the dread o’ the bairns
The talk o’ the toon
Some say she wis dark
Some say she wis fair
Some say she wis hauled in by the hair. Frank Flynn.
Ladies’ night at church hall
Craigiebank Association is holding a ladies’ night on Friday November 13 at 7.30pm in Craigiebank Church Hall, Dundee.
There will be various stalls and demonstrations and a chance to buy some Christmas presents.
Tickets, priced £5, can be bought at the door, and includes a glass of wine and nibbles. Judith McMurray, Craigiebank Association.
Good as new
The 30th Trinity Boys’ Brigade Dundee are opening a Good As New Shop in the Forum Centre, Dundee, for a six-week period until Christmas Eve.
All donations are welcome, including furniture and electrical items, and can be collected free of charge by contacting Allan on 01382 520221 or 07756 057929. Allan Fordyce.
Share of cuts
Why are people so surprised that Dundee City Council need to make cuts in spending?
Last year we voted to stay part of the UK — the rest of the nation are being hit by cuts too, so we have to take our share. Dryburgh Reader.