The community of Urlingford is on the war path concerning dog litter.
It is a common feature on footpaths and the community has come up with their own solution to the problem.
Ten dog foul boxes have been specially designed and constructed by local Tus workers Vincent Moriarty and Paul Quinlan and have been installed by the council around the town in an effort to make Urlingford dog dirt free.
Environmental Awareness Officer, Bernadette Moloney explained that there is great local support.
“Everyone is on board and lots of project partners came out to the launch of the foul boxes to show their support of this unique initiative.
“The close working relationship with Urlingford Tidy Towns and the Council has made this pilot project possible and if successful, it could take flight and become a solution to dog fouling county wide,”
The boxes are a unique design and made from reclaimed timber pallets. Cllr McCarthy commented he is delighted that Tus participants supported Urlingford Tidy Towns by constructing the dog foul boxes “Urlingford continues to benefit by the Kilkenny Leader Partnership Tús programme as they assist on other projects such as the development of the allotments and polytunnels and which are a marvellous asset to the town”
Urlingford National School and the local tidy towns group are lending their support by distributing the Green Dog Walker Pledge cards allowing local dog owners to receive a free dog bag dispenser to ensure they have the appropriate supplies when they are out walking their dog.
Another plan of action includes the stencilling of an anti dog fouling message foot paths as a way to remind dog walkers to do the right thing. During the project launch, another problem raised its leg close to the launch location; a stray dog. This issue will be reported to the dog warden as stray dogs can easily undo all the good work which is being put in place by the various project partners.
John Shortall, the General Services Supervisor of the Castlecomer West Municipal District with Kilkenny County Council is keen to see the results of this pilot project and praised all the project partners that formed an alliance to tackle a nuisance that regretfully is a persistent sight on the streets of most urban areas throughout Kilkenny.