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The sand that has appeared on Peckham rye- childrens sand play area or dog toilet? Currently being used as both. You put sand in the middle of a park kids are going to want to jump in it (mine included) & dogs will poo in it (mine tried but I didn't let her unlike other dog owners) Pretty disgusting & a little confusing..
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Definitely there for the pitch maintenance but currently brilliant for children. Gutted as had so much fun there yesterday so went back today and found so many dog poo's. Completely aware that it's so appealing for dogs but just, naively hoped owners would know that children would want to play in it too and would clean up as they would else where.
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Dogs are allowed to roam free on that part of the Rye. Owners should be picking up solid waste but dogs will still wee in sand and not all dog owners behave responsibly. This is not the first year that this has happened, so I would have hoped these lessons had been learnt.


How about putting the sand for groundsmen in the picnic area? This is contained and dog free, so would mean that kids could play in it safely. Surely a cripplingly bureaucratic "risk assessment" by Southwark should have picked this up?

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How about some parents acting responsible and not allowing their children to play in sand that has clearly not been allocated to their play area? If parents want sand provided for their children to play in, why not request it, and have it safely put in the child playing area, whereby it is protected by high railings and a dog free area.


Simple sense really.

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That's fair enough, but I think people weren't really clear why it was there perhaps (whether it was intended to be 'play sand' or not). Either way, doesn't justify people letting their dogs do their business there (or anywhere else) and not then clearing it up.
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I have watched the children enjoying the sand. And think it would be really nice to have a sandpit for children in the park in the summer months. When I was a child growing up here we had sand in the playground. a dog free zone!
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