ACTION needs to be taken to tackle the scourge of litter louts in Tullamore, the Cathaoirleach of the local Municipal District has stated.
In a passionate appeal this week, Cllr Declan Harvey called for the full rigour of the law to be imposed on people who break the litter laws. “People who are caught littering should be named and shamed,” thundered the Park Avenue based public representative.
And he also called on Offaly County Council and Tullamore Municipal District to seek funding for a new Community Employment Scheme which would be specifically tasked with combatting the scourge of litter.
“Dog poo is another serious issue and it’s one which seems to have gotten worse in the last month or so,” Cllr Harvey also told the Tribune this week.
He asked owners to carry bags with them while walking their dogs to clean up after their pets when necessary.
The Fianna Fail man said a special dog waste bag dispenser had also been installed on the banks of the Grand Canal just up from the right angle turn at Puttaghaun/ Callary St. Cllr Harvey also called on Waterways Ireland to carry out a major clean-up on the Grand Canal now that water levels were low with works taking place at Digby Bridge.
“The amount of rubbish in the canal is truly frightening and it is now visible for all to see,” pointed out Cllr Harvey.
He further asked that a similar clean up be carried out on the Tullamore river in the town centre as there was huge quantities of rubbish now visible in the waterway.