Kingdom started tackling litter and dog fouling in the County Borough of Wrexham on behalf of Wrexham Council on 1st April 2016, and already this is having a dramatic effect. Figures show there was a drop in the amount of littering and dog fouling last month, with 225 fewer fines issued in May than there were in April.
According to a press release issued by Wrexham County Borough Council, ‘the number of fines issued to litterers and irresponsible dog owners in Wrexham County Borough has “dramatically” dropped as enforcement proves an effective deterrent.’ An article in the Daily Post on the 6th June with the headline “Wrexham dog fouling crackdown by private firm raises £1,200 a day in fines”, added that Kingdom has raised £77,000 in the two months since it started issuing penalties.
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Officers issued a total of 405 fines during May, with the majority (357) issued for people incorrectly disposing of cigarette butts. Other fines included those issued for dog fouling (20), dog exclusions (10) and improperly disposed food (3). 630 fines on the spot fines were issued in April, so a total of 1,035 in two months, with more than 100 issued on the first day alone. In comparison, just 21 irresponsible dog owners were punished in the whole of the 2014-15 year.
Kingdom’s officers have now increased their focus on hotspot dog fouling areas across all wards, relying on information provided by members of the public and councillors. They have also launched their “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. Ashley Houston, Kingdom’s Team Leader said: “During patrols in May 2016, officers have noticed that a lot more people are being responsible with their litter, especially in the town centre. The number of tickets issued in the town centre has dramatically dropped compared to April 2016, showing a more proactive approach towards enforcement seems to be working.”
Commenting on the figures, Councillor David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport on Wrexham County Borough Council, said: “I’m very pleased that people have responded as well as they have to the new enforcement arrangements, and that it’s had had an effect so quickly.
“We’re also very grateful to those members of the public who have responded positively to this, and we remain very thankful to members of the public who dispose of their litter and properly clean up after their dogs.”
He went on to say: “It is also an encouraging sign that the number of penalties issued is dropping, as it shows enforcement is having an effect. We will continue with our policy of zero tolerance so as to ensure this trend continues.”
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