Secured funding…

Secured funding and installed pet waste bins at key locations in Passage West

In a survey conducted by the local JPC, dog fouling was one of the issues of greatest concern to the residents of Passage West.  Dog fouling was a particular problem along the very popular Hop Island to Passage West railway walk.

Cork County Council was not prepared to provide and service pet waste bins.  So through Passage West Tidy Towns, I successfully applied for a grant to install a fully serviced pet waste station at the Passage West end of the railway line.  Strongly constructed, fire proof and vandal proof, it offered both biodegradable bags and a lidded bin for waste.  The bin was provided by and serviced under a 6-month contract by a start-up company in Carrigaline.

The project was highly successful.  I was pleased to be able to give an illustrated presentation of the success of the project to the Environment Strategic Policy Committee of Cork County Council, the members of which were working on developing policy for the improved management of pet waste.

Because one bin was not sufficient to service the length of the railway walk, I applied for another grant in the subsequent year to install a second bin at Robert’s Bridge car park.  This was a different and improved design of bin with a service contract spanning a full 12 months.

This year I successfully applied for funding for a third and final pet waste bin for Glenbrook, another very popular area for walking along the harbour.

Independent Councillor in the Carrigaline Municipal District of County Cork