VALE COUNCIL’S DOG-POO PATROLS WILL BE TOTALLY FUNDED BY FINES

Three of the new black-clad private 3GS patrol officers with (Left to right at rear) Cllr Gwyn John (Llantwit First) cabinet member, Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) council Leader , and  Paul Buttivant (3GS managing director)

Three of the new black-clad private 3GS patrol officers armed with body-worn cameras and fine dispensing machines with (left-to-right at rear) Cllr Gwyn John (Llantwit First) cabinet member, Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) council Leader , and Paul Buttivant (3GS managing director)

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s  new squad of  “environmental enforcement officers” have now begun clamping down on fly-tipping, littering, graffiti vandals and irresponsible dog-owners who don’t pick up after their pets.

The officers are –  literally –  “private eyes“. They’re employed by the private security firm 3GS UK Ltd and are equipped with body-worn cameras which will provide irrefutable audio and video evidence of their encounters with members of the public.

The teams can meet-out on-the-spot fines of £75 per incident – and miscreants who refuse to stump-up on the scene of the crime can face fines of £1,000.

The Vale Council says the officers will be patrolling streets, parks, playing fields and open spaces throughout the Vale and have legal powers to stop anyone they see committing an environmental crime such as littering and graffiti or dropping a cigarette end.

The officers are also authorised to carry out what the Vale describes as “Covert operations and investigations”  to tackle other nuisances like fly-tipping.

Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) Leader of the Vale Council

Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) Leader of the Vale Council

Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Council says “our public spaces can still be blighted by environmental crimes such as littering and dog fouling. He says “It is hoped that introducing these new measures will act as a deterrent to anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to commit these types of offences.”

The 3GS teams team will also be targeting “irresponsible business owners who are failing to ensure rubbish is disposed of correctly“. In these cases fixed penalty notices of up to £300 can be issued.

The firm points to a formidable reputation in prosecuting people who fail to pay the on-the-spot fines or who commit offences which end up in court action. The firm says that when it takes cases to court it achieves a 99% success rate”

Paul Buttivant, managing director of 3GS,says “Our mission is to support local authorities across the UK by providing them with an ethical, uncontroversial, proactive and focused enforcement service to tackle enviro-crime”

3GS Ltd says “Our objective is to deliver a balanced, professional and visible enforcement service to tackle environmental crime, such as littering and dog-fouling, that is Zero-Cost to the Council, whilst also ensuring residents are both informed and educated about the importance of maintaining a clean, green local environment.”

The firm says “To date, all our contracts, which are spread across the UK, have achieved average repayment rates of 75%-80% and have seen visible results”. The firm says that equates to a “Zero cost” to the contracting councils .


 

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25 Responses to VALE COUNCIL’S DOG-POO PATROLS WILL BE TOTALLY FUNDED BY FINES

  1. Woowoo Wizzywoo says:

    Where there’s muck, there’s brass.

  2. sjleworthy says:

    If it’s zero cost, high hit rates and a better environment then surely it’s a no brainier. We need armies of these guys, not just a handful!

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    Could they take over parking enforcement as well please?

  4. Mgg says:

    OMG a self funding parking enforcement in Penarth. They could buy themselves a million pound house on marine parade with taxi firms and tescos alone

  5. whatsoccurin says:

    I have a feeling of deja vu-I am sure this story surfaced a few years ago-high profile private security firms policing ante-social behaviour and scouring the parks to issue fines to owners whose dogs were not collecting their dog mess-and what happened-nothing!!-lets hope it is for real this time!

  6. Richard says:

    PDN: Please explain their legal powers more thoroughly as there are several Penarthians with a sour taste in their mouths last time this was bought in. Memories of over zealous officers fining young mothers when their toddlers unknowingly drop litter or a man accidentally dropping his book marker come to mind!

    • newsnet says:

      The Vale of Glamorgan Council says:- “Anyone stopped by the enforcement officers, employed by private enforcement company 3GS, and issued with a fixed penalty notice will be requested to provide their name, address and proof of identity. Failure to comply could result in a criminal prosecution and fine of up to £1000 (level 3), together with a criminal conviction. The officers will wear body cameras and footage of alleged offenders who fail to cooperate with officers will be shared with the police. “

  7. Richard says:

    This article from Leeds in 2013 makes interesting reading if correct?

    https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2013/04/508873.html

  8. Andrew Worsley says:

    Well done Richard in posting that info , we now discover its not such an innocent idea after all , one of the key words is TARGETS in this case money wise for the organisers etc , its a bad idea made to look reasonable. Based on the info you provided it looks like these characters (if desperate in finding an offender may pick on innocent people , or make stuff up , and do not think body cameras are the publics protection against mistakes etc , its not , the Police have been issued with them and for some strange reason in certain situation we find the camera not working or faulty or broken or blocked but this does not stop the word of the Police Officer being given total credibility and the benefit of the doubt as opposed to the word of the ‘ assumed’ culprit. On the spot fines etc have scope for abuse, how on earth is a private citizen with no authority within law but just some sort of dressing up costume have the right to accost or question anyone ? in a word NONE. This country prides itself on its civility and its way of life , we do not want people being stalked , its against the law and we don’t want children stalked or adolescents or old people having to be accountable to some strange person. Before you know it they will be handing out fines to mothers who’s baby threw something out of its pram. Using volunteers to clean up rubbish is okay as its harmless and shows a community spirit , I myself used to be part of a Volunteer Conservation Group years ago and sometimes we did odd jobs like removing , supermarket trollies and other rubbish out of local rivers , and we got no thanks but did it . we also built steps , put up fencing , planted trees etc . This litter Warden idea is bad as its wide open to abuse corruption and is in fact unlawful. And thank you Richard for alerting us to this danger.

  9. Andrew Worsley says:

    It seems G4S get everywhere theses days even taken on by the Gas people to read meters , now they are using an off shoot with a slight name change to enter into other ways of getting money and this is one of them. If we recall this is all part of the team that pulled out of the London Olympics set up with only 2 weeks to go , if not for the British Army stepping in the Olympics would have had to be cancelled.

    • AK says:

      Nothing to do with G4S

      Totally different company.

      Let’s hope the Council was not equally confused when they made this appointment

  10. Sick of the same old politicians says:

    I think we all know how this will work. The town centre and other high foot fall areas will be covered and most fines will be for littering. There will be little or no coverage of residential areas and few if any fines for dog fouling.

  11. Tim Bird (Barry &Vale FoE) says:

    This will help in the battle against litterand keep our streets cleaner.

  12. Andrew Worsley says:

    Yes Tim Bird, is that it ??????????????? another easily pleased and gullible contributor … you can organise people to combat litter i’m sure, if you look on this forum you will find an item about people VOLUNTEERING to clean up Dingle Railway Station . They don’t need cameras or other paraphernalia because they are not part of a money making racket. I have also been informed this idea was tried some years ago but was stopped after it was discredited this was because the so called Wardens ended up targeting people smoking in the street as easy targets and in some cases even followed smokers waiting for them to dispose of the remains of the cigarette so they could pounce. This idea will no doubt be incorporated into the ‘new attempt’, to get money from people but they are rearranging the priorities or wording to make it look like a new set up , but its not. Be warned its a company idea an offshoot of G4S, out to make easy money by spying on and pouncing on individuals . And who thinks in this day and age people are going to cough up on the spot fines of £75 or more . Were supposed to be battling austerity not rolling in money , this is just a scam made to look like a good idea ITS NOT A GOOD IDEA ITS AN EXCUSE TO FLEECE THE PUBLIC…. PLEASE BEWARE

    • Lindsay says:

      1. Penarth people feel aggrieved at dog mess, litter, antisocial behaviour. 2. Penarth people feel aggrieved at the local council spending taxpayers’ money. 3. The Council finds a way to combat dog mess, litter and antisocial behaviour at no cost to the taxpayer. 4. Penarth people feel aggrieved.

    • Lindsay says:

      Hey Andrew, I used to think Christopher was Penarth’s Mr Angry but I think you’ve pipped him to it. Calm down dear.

    • AK says:

      Nothing to do with G4S

  13. I says:

    We’ve all seen individuals who take no pride in their town of residence and are quite happy to let their dogs foul the footpaths and pavements, toss empty McDonald’s cartons, drink cans and bottles away in the streets, throw dog ends onto the pavements and generally show no respect to their environment. I’m quite happy to see these people fined heavily, it’s very easy to just take your litter with you, I do it so can everyone.

  14. David says:

    We’ve all seen individuals who take no pride in their town of residence and are quite happy to let their dogs foul the footpaths and pavements, toss empty McDonald’s cartons, drink cans and bottles away in the streets, throw dog ends onto the pavements and generally show no respect to their environment. I’m quite happy to see these people fined heavily, it’s very easy to just take your litter with you, I do it so can everyone.

  15. Andrew Worsley says:

    This forum is intended for people to air their views and opinions , its not supposed to be designed so everyone has the same opinion or attitude , I admit I veer from seriousness to humour , some of which either goes over peoples heads or they ‘just don’t get it’. But that’s human nature plus one of the down sides of living in Penarth!!.

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