Zero tolerance patrols begin on dog fouling and littering in
27 July 2012
Private local authority support company XFOR will begin their
one-year trial in the Vale of Glamorgan on Monday 30 July
Enlisted by the Vale of Glamorgan Council,
XFOR will help tackle dog fouling and littering incidents in the
Vale, as a result of numerous public complaints of this type of
offence reportedly increasing in the Vale.
A zero tolerance approach – where offenders
will be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 without warning –
is being introduced to take a tougher stance on environmental
It is hoped the one-year pilot scheme will
significantly improve the cleanliness of streets, parks and beaches
throughout the Vale.
XFOR’s presence will mean even greater
Vale-wide surveillance, including coverage over weekends and
The council’s compliance and enforcement team
will also operate a zero tolerance approach while the pilot scheme
is in place.
Cabinet member for the environment and visible
services Councillor Rob Curtis said: “Keeping our streets clear of
dog excrement and litter is a key commitment of the new
council which we are determined to deliver for the residents
of the Vale of Glamorgan.
"Councils spend over £885 million a year on
street cleansing. Yet this money could be better spent repairing
our roads or repairing our schools or even refurbishing our public
"Dog fouling is not only unpleasant it is also
dangerous. The biggest threat to public health from dog excrement
is a horrible infection of the toxocariasis roundworm.
"Be warned that from 30 July we will be
introducing a policy of zero tolerance towards littering and dog
fouling. I know that this change in policy is supported by the
majority of law abiding Vale residents.
"Only offenders who do not pick up after their
dog fouls, those who drop litter and toss cigarette ends to one
side may fear. Residents and visitors who do so are breaking the
law, and do this at their peril.”
Fixed Penalty Notice offences specifically
relate to the Environmental Protection Act (1990), Fouling of Land
Act (1996) and Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (2005).
The pilot scheme follows a ‘no cost for the
service’ approach during its trial. Every £75 FPN that XFOR issues
will see 60% of the fine being apportioned to XFOR for their staff
time and associated costs, while the remaining 40% will be
reinvested directly back into the dog fouling and litter
initiatives and equipment.