Kingdom started tackling dog fouling in Wirral less than 3 months ago on the 9th May 2016, and is issuing immediate fixed penalty notices of £50 to anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog. Kingdom had already been tackling litter on behalf of Wirral Borough Council since July 2015.
As part of the council’s zero tolerance crackdown on dog fouling there is also 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 are being 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 are being fined under litter legislation with a fixed penalty of £80.
Since Kingdom started tackling dog fouling in addition to their duties tackling litter, officers have observed more than 600 people "bag it and bin it" after their dog made a mess. 25 fixed penalty notices have been issued over that period. This has led Kingdom’s officers to say they have never encountered such a high level of compliance with the law.
Michael Fisher, Division Director at Kingdom, said: “We work on behalf of 30 local authorities across the country to enforce environmental legislation on their behalf but my officers tell me they have rarely encountered such a clean borough as Wirral when it comes to dog fouling. It does appear that the vast majority of dog owners in Wirral go out of their way to ensure public spaces are kept clean and they are to be commended for that.”
Councillor Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “It is not surprising to hear that so many Wirral owners are doing the right thing when it comes to dog fouling. However, if anything, this just makes us even more determined to crackdown on the small minority who think they can get away with not cleaning up after themselves.
“We have an ongoing, eye-catching campaign to try to highlight to these people what a horrible impact their actions can have on others who might inadvertently come into contact with their mess. The ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaign is backed by numerous environmental groups, including the New Brighteners – a team of volunteers dedicated to keeping streets, beaches and open spaces clean and tidy."
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.
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