Councillor
Peter J. Martin
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Donaghadee - Councillor Peter J. Martin

“Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Monday 2nd April 2012

Now the maximum penalty for committing an offence contained in a dog control order [for example allowing your dog to foul and not pick it up] is a £1,000. Of course many people will opt to take the fixed penalty of £80.

Now the maximum penalty for committing an offence contained in a dog control order [for example allowing your dog to foul and not pick it up] is a £1,000. Of course many people will opt to take the fixed penalty of £80. This could not have come soon enough. Every week we drive past people who have let their dog foul and walk on – perhaps pretending that nothing has happened. As a Council we must begin to prosecute more people for this offense and I will be asking Officers for yearly figures which will compare our performance with other Council in terms of the issuing of fixed penalty notices. 

We are also just in the process of moving to a new contractor for the emptying of Dog Bins. I have been very disappointed with the performance of them with regard to the emptying of these bins especially on Ballyholme Beach. Hopefully our new contractor will be better and I have spoke to officers regarding setting clear performance targets for them. 

The people of North Down expect their Council to be prosecuting people for Dog Fouling and put simply we must be doing this

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