‘Dog foul­ing on the Cliff Walk could be detri­men­tal to the im­age of town’

Bray People - - COUNCIL REPORT -

THE is­sue of dog foul­ing in Grey­stones was dis­cussed at large at the lat­est meet­ing of Grey­stones Town Coun­cil last Tues­day night.

The is­sue was first raised by Cllr Kathleen Kelle­her, who claimed that the amount of dog fae­ces along the Cliff Walk in Grey­stones was ‘ap­palling' and could ul­ti­mately prove detri­men­tal to the im­age of the town, with the Cliff Walk set to host large num­bers of vis­i­tors dur­ing the forth­com­ing world record at­tempt for the long­est rib­bon chain on May 11.

‘ The dog foul­ing along Cliff Walk is ab­so­lutely re­volt­ing,' she claimed. ‘We don't want the 4,000 vis­i­tors that could be here [for the World Record Chal­lenge] to come here to come across dog dirt – it's dis­grace­ful.'

Cllr Ge­orge Jones con­curred that the de­gree of dog dirt was ‘ab­so­lutely ap­palling' while Mayor Stephen Stokes be­lieved it re­in­forced calls for a dog park for Grey­stones where ‘own­ers would be peer pres­sured to clean up [their dog's dirt].'

Cllr Chris Maloney sug­gested that the lo­cal dog war­den be in­structed to in­spect the area and be al­lowed is­sue fines to un­li­cenced dog own­ers as a de­ter­rent.

The sub­ject later resur­faced in the form of a mo­tion raised by Coun­cil­lors James O'Sul­li­van, Ge­orge Jones, Grainne McLough­lin and Derek Mitchell who asked how many fines had been is­sued by lit­ter war­dens with re­gards to dog foul­ing in the area.

Dur­ing this dis­cus­sion, Cllr Ge­orge Jones pro­posed that lit­ter and traf­fic war­dens con­cen­trate their ef­forts for three days a week on spots where foul­ing is par­tic­u­larly preva­lent and at times when most of­fend­ing oc­curs, such as early morn­ing.

This met with the agree­ment of the rest of the coun­cil.

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