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Clean up dog mess ... or face PS50 fine; MERSEY COUNCIL IN NEW 'ZERO TOLERANCE' APPROACH TO FOULING.

Byline: LORNA HUGHES ECHO Reporter lorna.hughes@trinitymirror.com @lorna_hughes

IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners in Wirral have be warned they could be fined PS50 as the council cracks down on dog fouling.

As part of a new zero tolerance approach to the dog fouling, anyone caught will receive an immediate fixed penalty notice.

Enforcement will be led by Kingdom Environmental Protection Division (EPD), the company contracted by Wirral Council to deliver a new dedicated litter patrol last summer.

Wirral Council cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Bernie Mooney, said: "Environmental issues such as dog fouling remain the number one priority that residents want us to tackle.

"Our approach to littering has proved extremely successful as a deterrent and many streets in our busiest areas are noticeably cleaner as a result.

Join in the conversation our Facebook page www.facebook.theliverpoolecho "Many people have urged us to adopt the same policy towards tacking dog fouling and we are delighted that we now have the framework in place with Kingdom which allows its enforcement officers to do just that on our behalf."

Enforcement officers started issung the PS50 fixed penalty notices to owners who fail to pick up their dog's mess on May 9. Ten fines were issued in the first two weeks and offenders will be taken to court if they fail to pay up.

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"We're talking about an irresponsible minority and it is only right that we use the full weight of the powers we have as a local authority to try to change their behaviour and make our public spaces cleaner and more attractive."

The new approach will be backed by an awareness-raising campaign focusing on many of the groups of people who face particular problems because of dog dirt - including people in wheelchairs, parents pushing prams and buggies, people playing in parks and open spaces.

Dog owners will also be reminded that their bagged dog dirt can be deposited in any of the 4,000 public litter bins across the borough - or it can be taken home and put in your green, non-recyclable waste bin.

If anyone is caught disposing of bagged dog dirt in an inappropriate way, they will be fined under litter legislation, which at the moment carries a bigger fixed penalty of PS80.

Cllr Mooney added: "It is a simple message and one which every dog owner really should be aware of by now - bag it and bin it. It might not be the most pleasant thing to have to do, but it's the right and responsible thing to do."

Dog fouling enforcement will be intelligence-led, which means that officers will spend much of their time in areas where particular problems with dog-fouling have been reported.

| People can continue to let the council know about dog fouling problems by reporting them online at www.wirral.gov.uk/environmental-problems/street-care-andcleaning/dog-fouling

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