Increase in charges for littering and dog fouling

A few litter picks have taken place as part of the Love Leyland campaign
A few litter picks have taken place as part of the Love Leyland campaign
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Litter louts and dog walkers who let their pets foul in Leyland could be fined even more money in future.

South Ribble Council’s cabinet committee is set to discuss increasing the amount of cash culprits can be fined if they are caught contributing to mess on the streets and in parks.

At the moment, littering offences can result in a £50 fixed penalty notice, but from April, could jump up to £80 - the maximum a council is allowed to set the charge at.

Dog control order offences, which also includes letting dogs off leads in certain places, or allowing pets to enter ‘dog ban zones’, used to mean a £75 fine, but this too is set to increase to the maximum £80.

Coun Peter Mullineaux, the council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “Dog fouling and littering seem to be the two issues which come up when we speak to members of the public.

“Our zero tolerance approach means that we try to impress upon people that they must follow the rules.

“The original charges were set a while ago and we wanted to see how it went, but we still feel that our residents want a cleaner borough.

“Hopefully it will make people think twice about littering and letting their dogs foul the pavements.

“It costs the council to clean up the mess, and people need to realise that it can cost them as well.”

A total of 281 fixed penalty notices were issued in 2012/13 and 19 successful prosecution taken by the council for environmental crime offences.

The full year income from that was £14,150, and the proposed increased to charges would have increased this income to £15,200.

The report to go before cabinet for approval this week also states that the council is on track to exceed this performance in 2013/14.

Other offences set to result in a higher charge include ‘unauthorised distribution of litter on designated land, from £50 to £80, and offences in relation to wheelie bins, such as overflowing bins or leaving bags of rubbish nearby, which could be increased from £75 to £80.