Additional enforcement officers are now operating on the streets of Sefton issuing fixed-penalty-notices to anyone caught dropping litter or not picking up their dog’s mess.

Earlier this year, Sefton Council appointed contractors NSL Ltd to undertake additional litter and dog fouling enforcement across the whole of the borough.

As part of the 12 month pilot, officers are now patrolling the streets of Sefton stopping anyone caught dropping litter or letting their dogs foul and not picking it up.

Officers will be seen wearing high visibility clothing and will also be equipped with body cameras to record their contact with offenders.

They 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.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Environment, said: “It is completely unacceptable that any of our streets should be strewn with litter and dog fouling.

“The guilty parties are usually only a minority, but these few people make our local communities unpleasant and they need to take responsibility for their anti-social actions.

“We take the cleanliness of our local environment very seriously and hope the new enforcement patrols will make people stop and consider their actions. Failure to do so will probably end up with a fine of £75.

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

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

Mark Hoskin, Local Government Director at NSL, added: “We have been very successful in helping to keep other areas clean and pleasant, and are very pleased to be working in partnership with Sefton Council in keeping Sefton’s public areas free of dog fouling and litter.”

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