“A team of enforcement officers from private firm Kingdom will slap litter louts and those who don’t clear up after their dogs with an £80 fine.
“Anyone who doesn’t pay up will face a court case and possible conviction resulting in a hefty £2,500 in fines.
“The decision has been made by Thanet District Council which spends £1.2million a year cleaning the district’s streets. The aim is to make Thanet a cleaner place to live in and to visit.
“As well as enforcing the law, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the scheme will also include incentives to encourage people to take responsibility for their litter or dog waste. The enforcement officers will randomly enter individuals they see binning their litter or cleaning up correctly after their dog into a monthly prize draw to win £50 of shopping vouchers.”
Commenting on the new service, Thanet District Council’s Director of Operation Services Gavin Waite said: "Littering is an antisocial activity which negatively impacts both residents and visitors to the district. This scheme aims to reduce the amount of litter and dog mess on the streets in response to residents' recent feedback. The council will be trialling this scheme for a year and hope to see a marked improvement in the cleanliness and appeal of public areas."