A local delegation is this week going door-to-door in a new measure to try and tackle Derry’s stubborn and “smelly” dog fouling problem.
The first areas being targeted are Dove Gardens and the Lecky Road.
Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue welcomed the intervention, which comes two years after a series of public information sessions in the Bishop Street, Brandywell and Bogside areas on the issue.
Ms Logue, who called for the sessions after a flood of complaints, said: “Sadly this problem still exists and is having an impact on the local community. The mess caused by dog fouling is dirty, smelly and unpleasant, and creates a significant health hazard, especially to children, and brings irresponsible dog owners into conflict with other users of public places.”
Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin has also received numerous complaints about the same issue in Rosemount.
The new campaign involves input from the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative, Housing Executive wardens, Council dog wardens and Council cleansing.
“We have identified target areas,” Colr. Logue said yesterday. “We will be going door to door - giving information on who to contact, what they can do, asking for resident involvement in trying to eradicate this problem.”
More than 28 tonnes of dog faeces was lifted from designated bins installed by the local council in Derry over the year to April 2015.