NEW ROSS DOG DIRT EPIDEMIC!
ON-THE-SPOT FINES AND A VIGILANT PUBLIC NEEDED TO END MADNESS
A DOG DIRT epidemic is destroying New Ross town’s streets.
This is how Cllr Anthony Connick sees it. Cllr Connick, who volunteers with New Ross Tidy Towns, said: ‘It’s absolutely brutal; worse than I’ve ever seen it. It’s all over walking routes across the town and over Christmas it was dreadful.’
Cllr Connick said mothers pushing prams and wheelchair users are particularly affected. ‘It’s hard enough getting it off your shoe, but for someone in a wheelchair or a mother pushing a buggy, it’s a nightmare as it comes in contact with the hand.’
He said on-the-spot fines neeed to be imposed, calling on the public to be vigilant for the problem and to report the owners of offending dogs to the Tholsel.
‘Fines are the only way we are going to stop this. We, along with foreman Henry Rochford, put up nine dog bins last year around the town for the convenience of people. They are being used but clearly not enough people are using them. I am getting calls about this non stop and loads of people are reporting dog dirt on the streets at The Tholsel.’
Describing the problem as ‘massive’, Cllr Connick said it is damaging the town’s reputation.
‘It’s online, it’s in the public domain. The council are going to have to start fining people. We have loads of people volunteering who are looking after our town. We have to start instilling in more people, in the public, the need to report and make complaints, for the sake of the town.
‘It’s like a child, parents must clean up after their children and dog owners should clean up after their pets.’
Over recent weeks large swathes of the town centre footpaths have been smeared and sullied with dog dirt.
Executive Engineer Abraham Dunne said he has had to direct his outdoor staff to wash down South Street footpaths and other streets on the town centre due to the scale of the faecal deposits.
Mr Dunne said: ‘ The New Ross District Office is receiving an increased number of complaints regarding dog fouling and litter or dumped rubbish on the streets and green areas in town. It seems to be getting gradually worse.
‘ The cleaning up after dogs and litter is placing additional strain on both the council workers who do a great job keeping the town clean and also the financial budget allocated for disposal of waste. The council appeals to people to clean up after their dogs and dispose of their waste properly as it both unsightly and is a potential health hazard. I am urging people to pick up after their dogs. It’s across the whole town centre, from South Street to North Street and Mary Street.’
Complaints have also been raised by residents of the popular dog walking area in Castlemoyle where the two new primary schools are located and along Irishtown, Neville Street and the ring road.
‘Our guys are doing their best. The urban centre where you have a lot of people and children and shops and businesses having to side step that kind of stuff is not nice.
New Ross Municipal staff have also been tackling rising incidences of littering. ‘Also they have been having to collect and sweep up more litter than in a long time.’
Dog dirt on Priory Lane.
Cllr Anthony Connick.