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Wigan Council Crackdown On Dog Fouling And Littering

In a crackdown against dog fouling and littering, Wigan Council will launch extra patrols across the borough this summer.

In a crackdown against dog fouling and littering, Wigan Council will launch extra patrols across the borough this summer.

In a crackdown against dog fouling and littering, Wigan Council will launch extra patrols across the borough this summer.

The council ha enlisted the help of 3GS Environmental Enforcement Services who will provide a team of officers tasked with helping to keep the borough's streets clean. 3GS is now on the look out for four environmental enforcement officers who will work on the ground and one coordinator who will plan and manage the team's activities.

The number of complaints about dog fouling and litteringremains consistently high in the borough, indicating howstrongly residents feel about the issue. With the help of 3GS more frequent, dedicated litter and dog fouling patrols will be able to respond to these complaints.

Wigan Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers will also be assisting with the crackdown. In addition to issuing Penalty Charge Notices to those parked illegally, officers will now be multi-tasking their enforcement approach to help tackle environmental crime, working alongside environmental officers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices.

Over £3million pounds is spent each year onstreet cleaningin Wigan Borough. It is hoped thatthe presence of uniformed patrols willencouragepeople to stop and think before breaking the law.

If officers witness anyone blatantly dropping litter or failing to pick up after their dog, they will issue £50 fixed penalty notices.If people don’t drop litter and pick up after their dogs, then they have nothing to worry about.

Thetwelve month trial period will allow the council to assess if theextra presence and zero tolerance approach will bring about the positive behaviours that the majority of residents expect to keep streets clean. Levels of cleanliness will be monitored throughout the trial to gauge what impact is being made before decisions on the long-term future of littering and dog fouling enforcement are taken.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for the environment, said:

“Keeping the streets clean and safe is one of the most important issues for residents and therefore, one of Wigan Council’s biggest priorities. However, in the current economic climate with a reduction in resources, we have to be realistic about what can be achieved.

“We can’t afford to continually clean up after others, nor do we have the resources to be everywhere, all the time, to catch offenders.

“Ideally we’d like to see residents playing an active role in keeping their streets clean and to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and the number of complaints we receive has forced us to adopt a firmer approach to those who break the law.

“This scheme is about tackling an issue our residents feel strongly about, to educate and encourage those guilty of the offence to stop, not about raising money by handing out fixed penalty notices.”

Recruitment opened earlier this week, please visit: www.gov.uk/jobsearch and search for ‘environmental enforcement’ under job title and ‘Wigan’ for location. The closing date for applications is Sunday 4thAugust.

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