Causeway Coast and Glens sees surge on dog fouling fines

By Gillian Anderson Local Democracy Reporter

Fines for dog fouling in the Causeway Coast and Glens council area have ‘significantly increased’ since the pilot scheme with WISE (Waste Investigations Support & Enforcement ) began.

Councillors were informed that the private firm’s enforcement officers had issued the same number of fines in a month as the council would normally issue in six months.

The matter was raised by DUP Alderman John Finlay who said: “I am continually being contacted about dog fouling and I am also very concerned about the serious issue of dumping in the countryside.

“I am continually sending Mr McPeake (Director of Environmental Services) photos of things that are being dumped.

“Rather than just concentrating on private car parks and things like that, are we doing anything in relation to dumping in the countryside or dog poo. Are we getting the firm to look at those?”

Director of Environmental Services, Aidan McPeake, responded saying: “With regards to the element of dog fouling, in August we have captured nine dog fouling incidents through the contractor we have in place which is a significant increase in the number we would normally have.

“It probably equals what we would do in six months and they have completed it in one month so it’s certainly doing what we requested on that front.

“All reports of fly tipping are inspected and analysed for any evidence and if there is any evidence available for prosecution we take that through.

“I will take Councillor Finlay’s point that there is significant fly tipping which takes place and each and every incident we follow through with investigation and evidence gathering and I can assure him of that.”

Calling for WISE to look into the two specific issues, Alderman Finlay People added; “People in the community need to understand that it is not acceptable to let your dog foul and then not lift it up and it’s not acceptable to pull up to a gap in a field and throw rubbish out of your car and drive on.

“We have to move on in society and be a lot cleaner than what we are and I hope the WISE firm we have in place will look for those issues.”

PUP Councillor Russell Watton said he was expecting more from the WISE enforcement team adding: “They need to be out at seven in the morning when boys are out with their dogs. You aren’t going to catch them between 9am and 5pm, we need more people to be out and about out of hours. They need to be out at tea time or early in the morning.

“I’m glad to hear there were nine, we are heading in the right direction for once. Most people have got the message in and around the town. However, they need to concentrate on the dog fouling because that would really make a difference.”


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