Kingdom started tackling dog fouling in Wirral on 9th May as part of a council crack down in the borough. They are now issuing immediate fixed penalty notices to anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog.
£50 fines are being given to what Wirral Borough Council calls the “irresponsible minority” of dog owners who fail to pick of their dog’s mess as part of a new “zero tolerance” approach to dog fouling. Ten fines were issued in the first two weeks, and if offenders refuse to pay the fine they will be taken to court. The enforcement is intelligence led, with officers spending most of their time in areas where there are particular dog fouling problems reported. People can let the council know about dog fouling problems by reporting them online.
As part of the initiative there will also be an awareness-raising campaign focusing on the groups of people most affected by dog mess, such as wheelchair users, parents with prams and buggies and children playing in parks and open spaces. Dog owners will be reminded that bagged dog mess can be put in any of the 4,000 public litter bins in the borough, or can be taken home and put in their waste bin. People caught disposing of dog mess inappropriately will be fined under litter legislation with a fixed penalty of £80.
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division started tackling litter on behalf of Wirral Council in July 2015 and issued more than 1,100 litter fines in their first month patrolling. This was 10 times the number that had been issued in the previous five years combined, as only 90 fines were handed out by the council between 2010 and 2015. Kingdom’s specialist teams aim to make our environment cleaner, safer and greener. They are led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of local authorities across the UK, issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.
Commenting on the development, Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “Environmental issues such as dog fouling remain the number one priority that residents want us to tackle. Our approach to littering has proved extremely successful as a deterrent and many streets in our busiest areas are noticeably cleaner as a result. Many people have urged us to adopt the same policy towards tacking dog fouling and we are delighted that we now have the framework in place with Kingdom which allows its enforcement officers to do just that on our behalf.”
Cllr Mooney added: “There is no excuse. We know the vast majority of dog owners do the right thing when they are out for a walk - they take bags, they clean up and they put the bagged mess in the nearest bin. We’re talking about an irresponsible minority and it is only right that we use the full weight of the powers we have as a local authority to try to change their behaviour and make our public spaces cleaner and more attractive.
“It is a simple message and one which every dog owner really should be aware of by now – bag it and bin it. It might not be the most pleasant thing to have to do, but it’s the right and responsible thing to do.”
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