‘Working together is key to cleaning up borough’s streets

Clifford Todd, Newtownabbey Borough Council's Environmental Health Manager, is joined by Scooper the Dog with a reminder that a single dog licence now costs �12.50. Concessions will apply. Additional information can be found on the www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/dogs or Tel: 028 9034 0160.
Clifford Todd, Newtownabbey Borough Council's Environmental Health Manager, is joined by Scooper the Dog with a reminder that a single dog licence now costs �12.50. Concessions will apply. Additional information can be found on the www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/dogs or Tel: 028 9034 0160.

Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Environmental Health Manager has appealed to local communities to take the lead in the ongoing battle against littering and dog fouling.

In an interview with the Times this week, Clifford Todd revealed how the local authority spends more than £215,000 on enforcement each year in a bid to deter litterbugs and irresponsible pet owners, issuing around 160 fixed penalty notices and pursuing more than 50 prosecutions through the courts. However, he believes that local communities working in partnership with the council is the best way to ensure the borough’s streets are kept clean.

Mr Todd stressed that the vast majority of people responsible for littering and dog fouling in Newtownabbey are residents of the borough. And he is convinced that making people responsible for their own communities is key to making a difference in tackling such problems.

“Every time someone drops a piece of litter in the street or allows their dog to foul and doesn’t clean up after it, it costs local ratepayers money, so it is in people’s interest to help us identify offenders,” he explained.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...