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Gobions Open Space closed
Gobions Open Space has been closed until further notice because of the foot-and-mouth outbreak. A sign at the car park entrance says that the measure has been taken as a precaution.
The area is controlled by North Mymms Parish Council and is accessed from a lane off Moffats Lane. Moffats Open Space, at the top of Bluebridge Avenue, has also been closed.
The adjoining Gobions Woodland Trust area is still open to the public but can't now be accessed from the boundaries with Gobions and Moffats Open Spaces and the path linking the Woods to Folly Arch is also closed to the public. Members of the Trust are assessing the situation. The move has limited further the amount of open space available to the public. Welwyn Hatfield has already closed all its countryside parks.
Gobions Open Space and the Woods are popular with families and people walking their dogs as is the Great Wood which has been closed for a few weeks.
A number of residents have reported that there seems to have been a marked increase in the amount of dog excreta on the pavements and roadside verges, especially near Brookmans Park School.
Given that there seem to be few strays around Brookmans Park it seems that dogs are being allowed to foul in public places while on the leash and owners are choosing not to clear the mess despite signs throughout the village reminding them that it is an offence and that they are legally obliged to clear up after their animals.
If any dog owners or residents want to comment on this please use the Have Your Say section.
March 24, 2001
CNN.com Europe has a special section with the latest news and background information on the foot-and-mouth outbreak.
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