The Vale of Glamorgan Council is considering hiring a private company to tackle litterbugs and dog-fouling in the streets, parks and public open spaces of Penarth – and elsewhere in the Vale.
The poo-patrols – or “Environmental Enforcers” as they would be officially called – would issue penalties to dog-owners who don’t scoop up their animals’ excrement and would also book people who throw litter and indulge in fly-tipping .
The patrols would be supplied by a private “environmental enforcement” company and work in partnership with the council’s own compliance and enforcement officers.The Vale Council now spends over £1,000,000 a year on cleaning streets, parks, beaches and public open spaces and says the cost is “unsustainable”.
The council claims that much of the litter “has been dropped by members of the public who have taken a conscious decision to do so rather than to dispose of their waste responsibly. Litter in this case also includes dog fouling.”
In addition to considering hiring the “Environmental Enforcers” to book offenders, the council is also planning new “anti-litter and dog fouling campaigns“. It says these are likely to have a much greater impact if they are also accompanied by “a strong enforcement message”.
Those who litter or don’t remove their dog’s excrement are liable for a fixed penalty charge of £75 – but in addition to this the new Environmental Enforcers would also be able to impose “other levels of fines as necessary in line with current guidance and legislation”.