There was a 16% increase in the number of fixed penalty notices given out by Kingdom’s officers to people dropping litter and dog owners who failed to clean up after their pets in Wrexham last month compared to the previous month.
619 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were given out in the county borough in July 2016, resulting in £46,425 worth of fines. This was 61 more FPNs than the total number handed out in June, and an increase on the £39,975 value of June’s fines.
When Wrexham Council previously ran a similar programme in house, a total of 21 tickets were issued over the whole year. It was expected that Kingdom would issue around 8 tickets per day, but are currently issuing double that amount, meaning that the fees generated for the local authority are well in excess of what was thought possible.
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division started tackling litter and dog fouling in the streets and parks of the County Borough of Wrexham on 1st April 2016. They are issuing £75 fixed penalty notices to anyone caught dropping litter and not cleaning up after their pets as part of the council’s “zero tolerance” approach. Kingdom also launched their “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. The scheme gives people who are spotted by Kingdom’s officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £50 of local shopping vouchers.
Kingdom is also adapting their campaign in Wrexham to tackle dog fouling more effectively. Officers are now starting their foot patrols earlier in the morning and continuing later at night in an effort to catch those people who continue to not clean up after their dogs, making sure that they have a presence at the times when more people exercise their pets.
Ashley Houston-Birch, Kingdom’s Team Leader in Wrexham said: “We have increased our patrols around country parks and identified dog-fouling hotspots, but have admittedly struggled to issue many fixed penalty notices for dog fouling this last month. In a bid to tackle dog fouling, we have carried out more patrols outside of usual working hours, with patrols starting at 6am and some enforcement officers patrolling until 9pm. We will also continue to increase patrols and follow-up reports to combat the problem.”
Commenting on the change in strategy, Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport at Wrexham Council, added: “I’m glad to see that patrols are being carried out earlier in the morning and later in the evening in a bid to catch dog walkers who fail to pick up after their pets – we want to continue to press on this with this, and if numbers do drop, I’m keen for that to be as a result of enforcement and people getting the message. We can’t let people drop litter or cigarettes, nor allow their dogs to foul without cleaning up after them – it’s not fair on the huge majority of residents and dog owners who are responsible and want to see their towns and villages kept clean.”
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