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Enforcement of Littering and Dog Fouling

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As part of a new initiative, the Council has appointed a private company to support the existing team of enforcement officers to tackle the problem of environmental crime, to improve street cleanliness and reduce incidence of littering and dog fouling.

Please report all instances of Dog Fouling, Littering and Fly Tipping here.

The Council recognises littering and dog fouling is a problem and is unacceptable. So, new arrangements have been introduced in response to widespread public concern and to numerous service requests.

The private company, Kingdom Security Ltd, provide experienced and professional officers who work on behalf of the Council to issue £75 fixed penalty notices to offenders.

How they operate

The enforcement officers work in teams of two and there are two teams on patrol. They work extended hours and during weekends targeting problem areas such as town centres and environmental crime hotspots, although any public area can be monitored.

The uniformed presence of enforcement officers assists in providing public reassurance. Officers can be clearly identified by their uniform and are equipped with body worn video cameras that record the interaction with offenders.

Whilst the enforcement officers work under the direction of Regulatory Services and Housing, supporting the existing team of council enforcement officers, they also work in partnership with other council departments such as the street cleansing team, parks and ground maintenance.

The scheme was introduced in December 2012, as a pilot, and is subject to review on a six monthly basis.

The type of offences can you be fined for

This could be anything that affects the environment. Types of offences include:

Dog Fouling - failing to pick up after the dog you are walking. Saying that you didn't see your dog foul or that you forgot your bags is not a valid excuse.

Littering- throwing any kind of litter. For example dropping chewing gum, fast food packaging and sweet wrappers is littering as is throwing a cigarette end down a drain (it is illegal and pollutes the waterways). Throwing litter out of a car is also an offence. Your car registration details will be taken and the driver of the car at the time of the incident will be held liable. Neither is it a requirement that signs are in place informing you that it is an offence to drop litter.

If you drop litter it's a crime - saying you 'didn't realise you'd littered' will not be accepted as an excuse. Everyone has a responsibility to keep Conwy a clean and safe area to live, work and visit.

Issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)

The Fixed Penalty Notice charge is £75. It is not an on the spot fine and you have 28 days in which to pay, however, there is no discount if you pay sooner. If payment is not received within the timeframe, court proceedings will commence.

Cost of the scheme

There is no direct cost to the Council. From each fixed penalty notice issued the Council retains £30 to further advance enforcement activity. The private company will receive £45 to cover their expenses.


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Bodlondeb, Conwy,
North Wales, LL32 8DU.
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