Gwynedd Council will be launching a new campaign in 2018 to tackle ‘litterbugs’ and irresponsible dog owners.
Local people, businesses and visitors have told Gwynedd Council in surveys and consultations that they want tougher action on people who drop litter and refuse to clean up after their dogs.
The campaign, which will be launched in the new year, will also see the Council increasing the level of fixed penalties issued for environmental crimes.
Gwynedd Council will be working with private enforcement company Kingdom on a 12-month trial basis, who will bring in additional officers to boost the numbers of council officers who are already working to tackle the problem.
Councillor Gareth Griffith, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal matters, said: “As dog fouling and littering offences cause considerable distress within the community, I welcome the increased levels of fines. This demonstrates that the Council is listening to local concerns and taking a tough stance against the small minority who commit these anti-social offences.
“As the new fines will be launched in January, I would advise litterers and inconsiderate dog owners to make it their New Year’s resolution to help keep Gwynedd tidy.
“The responsible majority of people who bin their litter and clean up after their dogs have absolutely nothing to fear from the new arrangements. However, those who don’t comply should be aware that the chances of being caught and receiving an on-the-spot fine will increase significantly from January onwards.”
From 1 January 2018, the penalty for littering will rise from £75 to £100, or from £50 to £75 if paid within ten days. The maximum penalty for failing to comply with a dog control order will remain at £100, but the sum if paid within ten days will rise from £60 to £75.
Graffiti and Fly-Posting Will Also Be Targeted
A number of other penalties for offences such as graffiti and fly-posting, are also rising to the same level as littering. Failure to pay a fixed penalty will automatically result in Court proceedings.
These changes, along with the 12-month trial with enforcement company, Kingdom follow calls for the Council to get tougher on people who drop litter and refuse to clean up after their dogs.
The pilot scheme will be self-financing, with the costs of enforcement being met from the income from fixed penalty notices. Similar arrangements are already in place across a number of north Wales councils.
Members of the public who want to report environmental crime in Gwynedd can do so on the Council website: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/environment, or contact Gwynedd Council’s Street Enforcement Service directly, email: email@example.com or call 01766 771000.