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Street patrols hope to stamp out littering
1:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
STREET patrols are being stepped-up in a crackdown against dog fouling and littering.
From Monday more enforcement officers have been employed to catch litter louts and irresponsible owners who fail to clean up after their dogs.
Wigan Council has engaged 3GS whose team will help keep the borough’s streets and parks clean. Intelligence gathered from patrols will be used to plan and focus the team’s activities during a 12 month pilot period to assess the campaign’s impact.
If officers witness anyone dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dog, they will issue £50 fixed penalty notices on the spot. But those seen acting responsibly and using litter bins will be rewarded with a raffle ticket and entered into a regular prize draw to win £25 worth of vouchers.
Leigh Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “Ideally we’d like to see residents playing an active role in keeping their streets clean and to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. The number of complaints we receive has forced us to adopt a firmer approach to those who break the law.
“One of the biggest issues is cigarette butts, which for some reason some people don’t see as littering, but if anyone is spotted dropping one they will be fined. The same goes for dropping food for pigeons.
“I’d advise people against dropping any kind of litter and to ensure that they pick up after their dog to avoid getting a fine.”
Paul Buttivant, managing director of 3GS, said: “Our work with Wigan is about enforcing legislation while trying to educate people.”
To report littering or dog fouling contact Wigan Council’s environmental team on: 01942 404364.
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