You may have noticed the wonderful work carried out on the boundary hedge at Playfield Road playing field. This hedge was laid some years ago and although at the time was a superbly laid hedge, has been left to overgrow out of control. The Council is hoping that the hedge will not get into such a state again, with maintenance work already booked in for the end of the year.
Staying with the playing field at Playfield Road, you may also have noticed several new benches on the field. A few of these are replacements, as the old ones were beginning to decay and becoming dangerous. An additional seat has been placed near the car park, for those who enjoy the cricket to sit on in the summer.
The Council’s initiative to encourage dog owners to clear up after their dogs has resulted in a dog bag dispenser being installed at both playing fields, near the car park, so there is no excuse for any dog mess to be found on the fields.
The Parish Council, like the Vale of White Horse District Council takes dog fouling seriously as dog mess not only is unpleasant but also spreads diseases, which can cause illness and even blindness. Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 a person who is in charge of a dog must clean up after it when it fouls any footpath, highway, verge or other open space to which the public have access. It is therefore a crime to allow a dog to foul in any public area without clearing it up. Those that fail to do so could face a fixed penalty notice of £50 or prosecution.
The Council is planning to replenish the bark within both play areas in the village, together with filling the sand boxes in The Links, in readiness for the warmer months, before Easter.
At February’s meeting, the Council awarded £50 to ENRYCH Oxfordshire to contribute to the running of a thriving project for the benefit of adults with a physical disability and who live in Oxfordshire.
At long last the Council has found the perfect place in the village to install the defibrillator presented to the Council last summer as a result of Leo Bole’s fund-raising. Full details will be given hopefully in next month’s chronicle once installation has taken place, we hope next month. If you are interested in attending a free short training session on what to do and how to use a defibrillator if you ever find someone in destress, please forward your details to me as the Council would like to arrange such sessions for the benefit of Kennington Residents.
Finally, the Council looks forward to seeing you at this year’s Annual Parish meeting on Thursday 9 April at 7:30pm