North East Lincolnshire Council are set to enter an agreement that will result in people being fined £100 for dropping litter or not picking up after their dogs.
Cabinet members agreed the move after discussing a report at their meeting on 26 September which recommended the Council enter an enforcement agreement with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC).
DMBC use a private company to enforce against littering and dog fouling and the same company will patrol in North East Lincolnshire.
The agreement is set to be for a trial period of 24 months to allow time for a fair and accurate assessment of the effectiveness of the enforcement activity.
Cllr David Bolton, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“We are working hard to create a North East Lincolnshire we can all be proud of and cracking down on environmental crimes.
“The introduction of patrols and fines for littering and dog fouling will help keep our streets clean and create a more positive view of the local environment.”
Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chair, Cllr Stephen Beasant said:
“The Council held an extensive waste survey last year and people told us they want to see more enforcement against people who are messing up the borough.
“Patrols will start later in the autumn and will be carried out by a third party, freeing up our community protection and compliance team to deal with other issues, such as fly-tipping.”
The option to appoint a third party to carry out littering and dog fouling enforcement was supported by the Communities Scrutiny Panel when they met in December 2017 and was first considered by cabinet in February.
The new approach is part of the Smarter Neighbourhoods project, which started nearly two years ago and sees the Council transform and update its operational services including waste and recycling collections, street cleansing and grounds maintenance.
More details in the full report at https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/10.-Cabinet-report-dog-fouling-litter-September-2018.pdf