Almost £9,000 from fines in the borough

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Almost 100 dog walkers have been fined for having their pets off leads in the last year.

New figures also show that ‘fly posting’ is drastically on the rise in South Ribble, where people post flyers or posters illegally in public places.

South Ribble Council has issued 172 fixed penalty notices for offences in the last 11 months, giving on-the-spot fines for things such as dog fouling and littering.

It compares to 98 fines which were imposed in 2010/11, menaing the council has gained an extra £2,845 this year, from £6,055 to £8,900.

A total of 92 fixed penalty notices have been handed to the owners of stray or unsupervised dogs found off their leads next to the public highway since April last year, compared to 53 offences in 2010/11.

There have been 16 littering fines issued this year, compared with eight last year.

Fly posting has seen a huge increase from three to 35 incidents, while fly tipping has increased from six to nine recorded cases.

There has been just one fine imposed each year for people having dogs in ‘dog ban’ areas, and the problem of dog fouling has actually decreased, from 27 last year to seven so far this financial year.

Coun Peter Mullineaux, the council’s Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Street Scene, said: “I believe these figures show that our zero tolerance approach to dog fouling and stray dogs in South Ribble is paying off.

“Residents have told us that dog fouling is one of their biggest concerns and we’re addressing the issue by cracking down on irresponsible dog owners.

“The council now has more officers trained to deal with all types of environmental offences who can issue Fixed Penalty Notices, so we can now cast our net even wider.”

Other offences which were tackled this year include failing to produce a waste transfer licence (six fines); failing to produce a waste note (four); abandoned vehicle (one); and unauthorised distribution of literature (one).

Fixed Penalty Notices carry a different level of penalty depending on the type of offence. Dog control offences carry a £75 penalty, fly posting has an £80 charge and littering costs £50.

The money received does not cover the cost of the work involved in issuing and dealing with fixed penalty notices.

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