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City may go private on dog mess.

SWANSEA council is looking to bring in a private company to take over the issuing of fines for street littering and dog fouling offences.

It follows a successful trial in April 2013 when the authority brought in a private firm, 3GS, to work with the council's enforcement team to work on "litter related offences" with the private company concentrating on "reactive" issuing of fines.

In the first year of the trial, 3,460 fines were issued with 303 offences going to court (with 99% of cases won).

Total income from fines and court costs paid came to PS196,430 leaving a balance of around PS30,000 when costs were taken into account.

The statistics cover the whole of the council area but despite about a third of the enforcement time being spent outside the city centre, it is estimated 98% of the fines issued were within the city centre core area.

As for the types of offence, 98% were littering related and of those about 90% involved dropped cigarettes. Only 26 dog fouling fines were issued despite weekly dog fouling patrols on reported problem areas.

Next week, Swansea council's ruling cabinet will propose tendering for a private company to issue fines relating to dog fouling and littering in Swansea.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 12, 2015
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