Thoughtless dog owners have forced the closure of a Skipton play park.
The Millennium Green playground, set up in memory of a Skipton teenager, was closed on Tuesday because of health and safety fears after groundsmen were splattered with dog mess.
Dave Parker, chief officer for Skipton Town Council, said the decision had not been taken lightly.
"The level of dog fouling has become so bad that it presents a hazard, both for the children who play there and for the council's grounds maintenance staff who cut the grass," he said.
"Mowing the open areas is bad enough, but strimming the longer grass presents particular problems. Our groundsmen have had dog dirt fly up into the air and down the back of their shirts. That's not a pleasant experience and not one that we want to repeat."
The playground, off Whinny Gill Road on the Greatwood Estate, will be closed indefinitely because the town council does not have the money to pay for specialist cleaning.
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