Clean it up! cam­paign

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE Coun­cil is step­ping up a cam­paign to rid our streets of dog foul­ing.

Sinn Féin Coun­cil­lor Chris MacManus raised the is­sue, claim­ing dog foul­ing was “un­pleas­ant, a nui­sance and a pub­lic health is­sue.”

“Ir­re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers need to get the mes­sage that their lazi­ness could put a child in hos­pi­tal,” he told the meet­ing.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials told Cllr MacManus that they raised ¤2,250 from 44 lit­ter fines is­sued in 2017 and 3,600 from fines is­sued in 2016 and 2015.

The En­vi­ron­ment Sec­tion has also been sten­cilling on foot­paths in badly af­fected ar­eas of Tub­ber­curry, Grange, Coolaney, River­side, Green­fort and Rusheen Ard as part of an aware­ness rais­ing ini­tia­tive to highlight the prob­lem.

Cllr MacManus said he was sur­prised that Strand­hill Beach was left out of the pilot ini­tia­tive.

“Apart from the un­pleas­ant­ness, it causes a se- ri­ous health risk, es­pe­cially to chil­dren,” he said.

“And I should point out that most dog own­ers act in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner, keep­ing dogs on leashes and be­ing pre­pared for dog foul­ing. How­ever, there is an ir­re­spon­si­ble mi­nor­ity.

“And it is un­for­tu­nate that they get off scot free, as the small num­ber of fines is­sued by most lo­cal au­thor­i­ties is in­dica­tive of a process that is dif­fi­cult to en­force as the dog and its owner must be caught in the act.

“I be­lieve the Lit­ter Act should be re­viewed with heav­ier fines and dogs re­moved from own­ers for re­peat of­fences. Dog own­ers need to do their civic duty. They need to re­alise that when their dog fouls it’s a po­ten­tial haz­ard that may leave a child in hos­pi­tal,” he con­cluded.

Cllr Keith Henry said he was “de­lighted” to see the coun­cil re­spond­ing so quickly to a sim­i­lar mo­tion of his tabled ear­lier in the year by spray­ing paint sten­cils onto foot­paths.

Pic:

One of the spray paint mes­sages sten­cilled onto foot­paths in Strand­hill. Cllr Keith Henry.

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