Sefton Council to pay for litter and dog fouling wardens in Southport

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Sefton Council has appointed contractors NSL Ltd to help tackle littering and dog fouling across the borough.

In January, a decision was made by Cabinet to procure an external provider to undertake additional litter and dog fouling enforcement.

Following a recent tender process, NSL Ltd – Sefton Council’s current civil parking enforcement provider, has been selected to run the 12 month pilot.

The deployment details of the scheme are being finalised with NSL and enforcement officers will soon be patrolling the streets of Sefton stopping anyone caught dropping litter or letting their dogs foul and not picking it up.

Officers will patrol early mornings, evenings and weekends and will issue fixed-penalty-notices of £75 for littering and dog fouling offences. This will be reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days. Offenders who fail to pay will be prosecuted.

Steve Smith, Environmental Public Health Manager at Sefton Council, said: “The level of concern regarding the anti-social behaviour of dropping litter and dog fouling is very high and something we are keen to address.

“Following the procurement process, NSL Ltd will run the scheme which should be effectively cost neutral to the council as the fines raised will pay for the cost of the patrols.

“Patrols will be out in targeted areas with officers wearing high visibility clothing and equipped with body cameras to record their contact with offenders.

“The simple message to those selfish people who drop litter or let their dogs foul and fail to pick it up, is to behave with consideration for others and our environment or you will, someday soon, get caught and face a fine or court appearance.”

Further updates on the success of the enforcement project will be issued during the year.

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