Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers have been increasing their patrols at identified dog fouling hotspots across the county borough of Wrexham, targeting them as part of the Environmental Protection service they provide to Wrexham County Borough Council.
As well as increasing their patrols around country parks and identified dog fouling hotspots, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers have started their patrols earlier and carried them out until later, starting at 6am and finishing at 9pm, to help them catch irresponsible dog owners.
Kingdom has been clamping down on people who drop litter and dog owners who don’t clean up after their dog since 1st April 2016 as part of the council’s zero tolerance approach. Kingdom also runs a “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.
During August, Kingdom’s team issued 538 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) in the County Borough of Wrexham. 213 of these were issued in the Grosvenor Ward. The FPNs are for £75, so 538 FPNs equates to £40,350. 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.
Commenting on the news, Cllr David A Bithell, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said:
“I’m glad to see enforcement action continues to be successful. We also recently saw successful court action against people served with enforcement notices who were due to pay fines, and I hope this shows we will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to those who drop litter, or do not pick up after their dogs.
“I would also ask members of the public and council members to call in and report incidences of dog fouling and littering. The more reports we have, the better a picture we can build up of the level of these particular problems across the county borough, and Kingdom will be able to respond to them proportionately. Anyone who wishes to report such incidents may do so by calling Contact Wrexham on 01978 298989.”
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