By Kieran O’Mahony
A COUNCILLOR has called for a ‘blitz’ on irresponsible dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs.
Cllr Gillian Coughlan (FF) was responding to the latest Environment Report at a recent meeting of the Western Committee in Clonakilty and questioned whether fines issued for litter can include dog fouling.
‘There should be a blitz on dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs and we also need to beef up prosecutions for fly-tipping too, as the report shows that just seven cases have been prosecuted by the Council,’ said Cllr Coughlan. ‘I would also like to know has a litter warden been appointed for Bandon?’ she asked.
Louis Duffy, director of services with the Council confirmed to councillors that the appointment of a litter warden for the town is imminent.
Cllr James O’Donovan (FG) said that it was surprising that there were no prosecutions in the Bandon Kinsale Municipal District for litter offences between April and June of this year.
Cllr Paul Hayes (SF) said the issue of dog fouling is a major issue across West Cork and he highlighted the ‘Scoop the Poop’ signs in Bandon, which were put in place by Bandon Tidy Towns Group.
‘Could we build these into other campaigns in West Cork? Dog fouling is also becoming a problem at several beaches and GAA clubs are even asking dog owners not to walk their dogs on pitches due to problems of dog fouling,’ said Cllr Hayes.
Louis Duffy told councillors that dog fouling is an area where the Council needs the assistance of the public.
‘Unless it is witnessed by someone, we can’t do anything about it. It would be a lot easier if members of the public could report it and be willing to be a witness,’ said Mr Duffy.
‘CCTV can be used, provided there is proper notice given.’