Private firm to clamp down on Halton's irresponsible dog owners

Runcorn and Widnes World: Private firm to clamp down on irresponsible dog owners Private firm to clamp down on irresponsible dog owners

A PRIVATE company has been hired by Halton Council to tackle dog fouling and littering in a six month pilot scheme.

Enforcement officers from 3GS UK Ltd will be patrolling shopping areas, parks and neighbourhoods across Runcorn and Widnes, during the day, weekends and evenings.

They will target known ‘blackspots’ highlighted last week by World readers.

An £80 fixed penalty notice will be issued to anyone who fails to clear up after their dog or drops litter.

Halton Clr Ron Hignett, board member for the physical environment, said: “We want to provide our residents and members of the business community with a pleasant and safe environment.

“This pilot initiative is being introduced to deter environmental offences. It should not be seen in any way as heavy handed enforcement.

"The council’s approach to preventing environmental crime has always been to persuade people to act responsibly through education and communication and we will continue to do that.

“However, the Council has a responsibility to protect members of our community who are affected by environmental crime and we will take enforcement action against those individuals who commit litter and dog fouling offences”.

The council spends more than £1 million every year cleaning the borough.

It is hoped that by reducing the amount of litter and dog fouling, it will allow the authority to spend some of this money on more important services.

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6:03am Tue 11 Feb 14

GuiltyCol says...

What possible reason is there for using a picture of a staffie / pit bull type dog on this story, other than an inflammatory one?
What possible reason is there for using a picture of a staffie / pit bull type dog on this story, other than an inflammatory one? GuiltyCol
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2:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

I'd have used a Corgi, but that may have offended the Welsh, a dachshund may have offended the Germans, a poodle may have offended the frankincenses etc.. etc ...
I'd have used a Corgi, but that may have offended the Welsh, a dachshund may have offended the Germans, a poodle may have offended the frankincenses etc.. etc ... SAC_in_Warrington
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