Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council is looking at increasing fines for dog fouling, littering and other offences to a maximum allowance of £200.
A notice of motion proposed by Councillor Callan, seconded by Alderman Fielding will be mentioned at a full Council meeting next week.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community, Councillor Callan said “Before first getting elected to Council I knocked hundreds of doors asking residents what annoyed them and what they wanted Council to fix.
“By far the biggest issue was dog fouling, and it’s the same issue nearly a decade later in 2023.
“As well as the problem of catching people littering or not picking up after their dogs, one real issue has been that the level of fines for offences in NI has fallen far behind the rest of the UK, and doesn’t present a deterrent anymore.
“No one has picked this up, no pun intended. If fines aren’t scary, they pose no deterrent. Stormont officials amended the law at the end of December and allowed Councils to increase fines for littering, dog fouling and other offences to up to £200.”
Concluding he said, “The message to litterers is this- if you get caught, it’ll seriously cost you.”