I am writing this letter to express the concern we, at St. James Anglican Church feel about the abuse of our facilities by dog owners. In particular, dog owners seem to presume that the gardens and parkland on the south side of St. James are public property, owned by the City of Stratford. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The lands on the south side of St. James stretching down to Huron Street are the property of The Anglican Church of Canada, Diocese of Huron. A large portion of the property is a Registered Cemetery that is very much in use.
In fact, we will have four internments there during the month of June.
At the direction of the Wardens of St. James, a large garbage can is placed out on the south side lawn of the Church for those that may have paper refuse, coffee cups or pop cans. We do this to encourage people to be responsible citizens while visiting our property. This garbage can is not for the collection of hundreds of pounds of dog droppings.
We acknowledge and thank dog owners for cleaning up after their dogs. However, it is their responsibility to carry their dog’s droppings back to their home for disposal.
Please treat our lawns as you would your neighbour’s and your own.
I appeal to all dog owners who share the peace and quiet of our beautiful south side to respect our request now and in the future. You can help by politely reminding other owners that our Church land includes a registered cemetery and is in fact, private property, just like yours.
On behalf of the Clergy, Staff, Wardens and Parishioners of St. James Anglican Church, please accept my sincere thanks for your cooperation.
St. James Anglican Church