Drumlins School Council Deals With Dog Fouling

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Drumlins Integrated Primary School Investigates Dog Fouling.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin visited Drumlins Integrated Primary School recently to discuss the issue of dog fouling in the local area.

The pupils’ school council comprised of members from P4 to P7 classes had investigated dog fouling close to the school in Ballynahinch and determined that it was an issue of high importance affecting public health. On the back of their research, they wrote to the Council and requested that officials visit to address the matter.

From left, back row, Liam Dinsmore, Newry Mourne and Down District Council Head of Waste Processing, Drumlins teacher Jessica Gilmore and Cllr Mark Murnin, Council Chairman, with front row, school council members Sophie Hunter and Alfie Walsh.

Councillor Murnin said: “The students at Drumlins Integrated Primary have provided real insight to the reality of dog fouling in their area with their investigation and findings. Dog fouling is a serious matter and we need to remind dog owners that not only is it unacceptable but also can potentially cause disease, especially in close proximity to a primary school.

“It is important that we develop and promote a culture of responsible dog ownership, and we are asking all dog owners to help us keep all areas in the district free from dog droppings. We know that the local schoolchildren will continue to help in this effort.

Members of the Drumlins Integrated Primary School pupils’ council with Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry Mourne and Down District Council.

“We have recently introduced a new awareness campaign to combat dog fouling and I am pleased to see this issue highlighted here.”

Liam Dinsmore, the Head of Waste Processing, Enforcement and Business Support at the Council, accompanied the Chairman, Councillor Murnin, and provided the pupils with more information regarding the new campaign, as well as some fun facts and posters to put up around the school.

Pupils were very concerned when dog poo found its way into the school entrance and play area from the shoes of pupils and they decided to take action.

The evidence: Drumlins’ pupils conducted a study on dog poo around their school and collected data using their camera.