SDLP Councillor Shauna Cusack has called for people to have respect for shared open spaces such as parks and pathways.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ Colr. Cusack called on anyone using the local parks and green ways to do so responsibly.
“I am concerned at the amount of broken glass, litter and dog foul which is a blight on many of our beautiful walkways and green areas,” said. Colr. Cusack.
“During this period of good weather, it’s particularly evident how upsetting it is for families and individuals looking to enjoy our beautiful parks only to find them littered with broken glass and dog dirt. Not only is this unsightly, but it also presents some serious health and safety concerns.”
Colr. Cusack called on anyone with concerns to contact council directly and urged all dog owners to clean up after their pets.
“I would always advise contacting the council or a local representative if you find an area like this and they can chase up with senior officers to take action. I also believe that we could all do our part in being socially responsible and help to keep our areas clean by lifting the odd bit of rubbish, especially discarded glass bottles which are liable to be smashed. I cannot appeal more strongly for owners to pick up after their pets and demonstrate some pride in our community, it’s no longer a choice - it’s the law.”
Colr. Cusack said she believes if everyone was to do their bit the local parks and green ways would improve immediately.
“Meanwhile we should all be respectful of our stunning city and the spaces there for everyone to enjoy, it doesn’t take much effort to make a huge difference.”