SDLP Councillor Angela Mulholland has asked the public to become partners with council officials to end the disgraceful practice of dog fouling on the footpaths of Portstewart.
In a statement issued to Causeway Coast Community she said:
At my request the council enforcement team is assessing the level of dog fouling in Portstewart and I welcome this but the officers need the help and cooperation of the community to identify where and when this is happening and ideally identifying who the owners of the offending dogs are.
The issue is very serious and while I don’t want to dramatise the extent of it there is good reason to initiate a sustained campaign to end it so that people can use our footpaths without having to constantly look out for dog faeces.
People with dogs know they should not be out walking their pets without poop scoops or some means of clearing up after the animals. Bins are available and the council has agreed to assess if more are needed.
There is no need to be spoiling other people’s pleasure, creating havoc for wheelchair users and risking the health of children.
I suspect it is only a small number of dog owners who are doing this but they are creating a serious problem which can be resolved with the concerted involvement of every neighbourhood becoming the eyes and ears for all of us and passing on the information to the council’s enforcement team.
The officers will be out and doing their best. Those caught will be fined and with the involvement of everyone the success rate will be much higher and hopefully leading to an end to what is happening at present.