The non-political Penarth Tourist and Visitor Association has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning small businesses in Penarth about costly fines now being levied by the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council in a costly clamp-down on refuse and waste procedures.
The Council has hired the controversial security company 3GS to carry out unannounced inspections to check whether retailers, restaurants and other businesses in the Vale are complying with the regulations on their handling of rubbish
There’s already been a swoop on 6 shopkeepers in Dinas Powys who were fined a total of £2,400 – all racked up in the space of just 30 minutes – in respect of waste disposal infractions concerning items the disposal of cardboard boxes and plastic wrappings.
When he was told about the unannounced inspections in Dinas Powys, Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Dinas Powys) raised the matter with the Vale of Glamorgan Council which is now said to have backed-off – “3GS are currently enforcing commercial waste legislation too stringently” – but so far none of the fines imposed have been cancelled.
Meanwhile in Penarth, the Penarth Tourist and Visitor Association wants to warn retailers in the town that 3GS inspectors are likely to be calling here soon – and to be ready for them when they arrive.
The same officers also operate the Vale Council’s dog-poo patrols .