Council needs to review dog fouling strategy – Cara McShane

Ballycastle and Glens Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has said she will table a motion requesting a review of Council’s strategy in tackling dog fouling.

Cllr Cara McShane said:

“Over the weekend, the local community has taken to social media to vent their anger and frustrations at the issue of dog fouling, which is a blight on our environment and an issue across the Borough. Many people have offered constructive suggestions too in targeting the problem, which I will table to
the rest of the Council.

“Causeway Coast and Glens Council did introduce a multi pronged strategy for tackling the issue, however, over one year on I will be proposing that the Council reviews the effectiveness of this strategy with a view to increasing the intensity and robustness of the campaign.

“We pride ourselves in having a so-called ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to dog fouling, however, if we do not support this with adequate resourcing and the issue still persists, then the strategy is clearly not working.

“I will be proposing additional resources in education and awareness, linking up with schools and businesses, as well as additional warning signs regards penalties; adequate bins; visible poop scoop dispensers and bags at key locations, and a much more user-friendly reporting app for dog fouling specific issues. This will allow Council to build up a clearer picture of problem areas and to allow resources to be targeted accordingly.

“All of us are guardians of our environment, and not just the Council. However, it is essential that for our safety and for the public’s health, local government appropriately resources this campaign once and for all.” ENDS

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