Concerns raised about dogs inside Gosport’s new splash pool

HAVING FUN Two-year-olds Isabelle Slate  and Ella Gibbins from Gosport on the opening day of the  splash pool. Picture: Sarah Standing (131496-6925)
HAVING FUN Two-year-olds Isabelle Slate and Ella Gibbins from Gosport on the opening day of the splash pool. Picture: Sarah Standing (131496-6925)

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CONCERNS have been raised over health and safety at a play area in Gosport after dogs were taken inside.

Les Heyhoe, 56, of St Vincent Road, in Gosport, took his two grandchildren, aged three and five, to the park at Stokes Bay, in Gosport.

But he was shocked to see dogs accompanied by owners inside the park, which is only for children under eight.

He said: ‘Dogs shouldn’t be in there full stop, whether on a lead or not.

‘If they take a pee, it’s not like a child or adult, who will find the toilet.

‘Nature will take its course, and dogs are going to do what needs to be done. As we know, diseases can be created from dogs’ faeces.’

As reported, the Gosport council-run park was built for around £250,000 in the place of a crumbling pool.

The council will put up signs warning people not to bring in their dogs. And it said a dog control order already covers the park.

It means owners can be fined if they take in dogs.

But Mr Heyhoe said, in his complaint to the council, that the security fence surrounding the area should be higher.

He added the concrete steps up to the higher area should be covered.

He said: ‘While we were there we saw three people hurt themselves on the steps, and that was the day before it opened.

‘It’s a great place without a doubt, but again it’s all about preventative measures. And the fence should be a preventative measure to stop people going in at night.’

The council said the park is checked every morning by Gosport council staff and the steps are being covered, along with a rail being installed.

Councillor Graham Burgess is the chairman of the community board at the council.

He said a number of people have been told to leave the park since it opened.

He added temporary signs are now in place, which were not installed at opening time.

‘The general consensus is it’s a brilliant facility for Gosport,’ he said.

‘It’s a place designed for young children, and they go there with their parents.

‘I don’t believe we should have dogs in there or bikes, or things like that. It is a children’s play area, not an adults’ play area or a teenagers’ play area.’