The vexed issue of persons with dogs who allow the littering of public places with dog faeces is being addressed in a different way over the next 12 months – If you are a dog owner and you do not clean up after your Pet, it could be a very expensive business! Public attitudes towards pet owners have changed over the decades. It is no longer acceptable to allow your dog to pooh in a public park, or on a street, or a playground. Then just walk away and leave it. On the spot fines and the use of private security staff, not just Council Officials will very much change the nature of the approach.
At a recent Wolverhampton City Council meeting the Cabinet Member responsible, explained about an – Alternative Environmental Enforcement Trial
Cabinet Member for City Environment Councillor Steve Evans explained the work of Kingdom Security in tackling problems of dog fouling and litter in the city. Cabinet Member commented on the media interest in the service. At present 70% of people pay their spot fines within the dates specified to avoid payment of a larger fine. A recent case led to a hearing in the courts where the decision was upheld and the original fine increased to £770 to cover costs and charges.
The panel queried that in the past Neighbourhood Wardens reported incidents of litter and public nuisance across the city, particularly in open green spaces. The incidents were then reported back to the Council to get the matter dealt with. Cabinet Member for City Environment explained that there is flexibility about where the resources are used. The current scheme is a 12 month trial and the work is not restricted to any specific areas and staff from Kingdom Security will be directed in response to public complaints. The Cabinet Member for City Environment explained that he is open to suggestions about use of staff from Kingdom Security.