Dog foul­ing a prob­lem in a num­ber of ar­eas around the town

Bray People - - NEWS -

Cllr Michael O’Con­nor didn’t beat about the bush when rais­ing a filthy prob­lem at last week’s meet­ing of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict.

‘Sec­ondly, dog sh*t,’ said Cllr O’Con­nor. He said that he has been ap­proached by res­i­dents about the prob­lem, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to the Boghall Road.

He won­dered if there was in­for­ma­tion avail­able about the amount fined on a monthly ba­sis and said that dogs should not be al­lowed to de­face the pave­ment.

Cllr Bren­dan Thorn­hill said that this is hap­pen­ing all the time and even worse, he said, peo­ple are pick­ing up the ‘dog poo’ and throw­ing the plas­tic bags in hedges.

‘It’s def­i­nitely some­thing that has to be looked at,’ said Cllr Thorn­hill.

Cllr Steven Matthews said that the Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor has been look­ing at some kind of pos­ter­ing and sig­nage. ‘What do you do about peo­ple who don’t pick up af­ter their dogs?’ he said. ‘Dog own­ers al­ways seem to be dis­tracted when their dogs are do­ing their dirt.’

Cllr Matthews said that he has ex­pe­ri­enced the prob­lem when push­ing a pram around the town.

Cllr Pat Vance said that a cou­ple of weeks ago he saw nine dogs go­ing around Ballywaltrim sports park off their leads. ‘Some peo­ple do pick up af­ter their dogs,’ he said. ‘How­ever, it’s very se­ri­ous.’

Cllr Matthews sug­gested that as a coun­cil they should look at im­ple­ment­ing some sort of code of con­duct for use of pub­lic spa­ces, pos­si­bly keep­ing dogs on their leads. ‘It’s very hard to pros­e­cute dog foul­ing un­der the law,’ he said. ‘Per­haps if they are not com­ply­ing with codes of con­duct they could be asked to leave the area,’ he said. Cllr O’Con­nor said that would have to be done in con­junc­tion with dog runs be­ing pro­vided for dogs to run around.

Cllr MAtthews said that he has been talk­ing to Cllr Oliver O’Brien about a dog park.

Cllr Pat Vance said that peo­ple who don’t pick up af­ter their dogs are not go­ing to go to a dog park.

Cllr Bren­dan Thorn­hill.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.