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Dunnington Parish Council

Antisocial behaviour in Dunnington

Dunnington play park

It's with regret that we have to report there have been incidents of antisocial behaviour in the village. Dunnington prides itself on being a place that residents are proud of and where people want to live. The Parish Council takes antisocial behaviour very seriously.

There are three main areas of concern: the playpark, the playing fields and the parking around these areas.

Dog fouling within the playpark, despite the notices that say dogs are not allowed in the playpark, is inexcusable. The playpark is looked after by volunteers who should not have to clear up after the dogs of irresponsible owners. There has been an increase in the number of dogs that live in the the village which the Parish Council is not against but dog owners must be responsible for their dogs.

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Dog poo recently left by the dragon swing at the playpark
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A dog poo bag dropped by the low benches close to the roundabout in the playpark

There is concern with regards to the playing fields and the wanton action of a few individuals. Broken glass has deliberately been stamped in to the grass along the touch line and dugouts. There are also reports of youths gathering at night, playing loud music and leaving their litter behind. Again, it is volunteers who have to clean up and make things safe for the various users of the playing fields.

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A broken bottle found embedded in the ground near the end of the zip wire, close to the large picnic table, along with several shards of broken glass

Car parking has long been an issue in the vicinity of the play park and playing fields. The Parish Council respectfully ask users of these facilities to have regard for other road users and pedestrians when parking. Indiscriminate parking, obstruction, and parking on double yellow lines should be reported to the police using 0800 1381119 or 101. Alternatively, you can contact City of York Council Parking Services on 01904 551309 or email

Going forward, the Parish Council have asked North Yorkshire Police to provide a high visibility presence in these areas when they are in the village.

Gill Shaw
Chairman, Dunnington Parish Council