Posted: Mon 6th Jun 2016

Enforcement Figures Show Drop In Littering And Dog-Fouling For May

This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 6th, 2016

The number of fines issued to litterers and irresponsible dog owners in Wrexham County Borough has “dramatically” dropped as enforcement proves an effective deterrent. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Enforcement officers with Kingdom Security, working on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council, issued 225 fewer fines in May than it did in April as the new enforcement regime takes effect. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A total of 405 fines were issued throughout May, with the majority (357) issued for people incorrectly disposing of cigarette butts. Other fines included those issued for dog fouling (20), dog exclusions (10) and improperly disposed food (3). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During the past month, enforcement officers have also increased focus on hotspot dog fouling areas across all wards, relying on information provided by members of the public and councillors. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “I’m very pleased that people have responded as well as they have to the new enforcements arrangements, and that it’s had had an effect so quickly. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We’re also very grateful to those members of the public who have responded positively to this, and we remain very thankful to members of the public who dispose of their litter and properly clean up after their dogs.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He added: “It is also an encouraging sign that the number of penalties issued is dropping, as it shows enforcement is having an effect. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We will continue with our policy of zero tolerance so as to ensure this trend continues.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ashley Houston, Team Leader at Kingdom Security, said: “During patrols in May 2016, officers have noticed that a lot more people are being responsible with their litter, especially in the town centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The number of tickets issued in the Town Centre has dramatically dropped compared to April 2016, showing a more proactive approach towards enforcement seems to be working.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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