People who drop litter and dog owners who don’t pick up after their dogs had better watch out, as they will be targeted with tough new enforcement measures set to be introduced soon.

Hyndburn Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; “Litter louts and irresponsible dog owners who blight our streets should watch out as their actions are likely to land them with a big on the spot fine soon. We’re introducing tough new measures to stop our streets being blighted because our law abiding residents are fed up with the selfish few irresponsible dog owners and litter louts who spoil the area for everyone else.”

The Council will soon be partnering up with Kingdom Services Group Limited, a private company with proven success in clamping down on littering and dog fouling in other Boroughs around the country. The company will carry out enforcement work on behalf of the Council through visible enforcement patrol teams. They will have the authority to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone they catch failing to clean up after their dog, or dropping litter, cigarette stubs and chewing gum on the floor.

The move comes after the roll out of the Council’s new recycling scheme which moved from bags and boxes to wheeled bins, making it far simpler and easier for people to recycle.

Councillor Parkinson added; “We’ve already ditched the old bags and boxes and rolled out new wheeled bins for recycling, which will lead to cleaner streets as there will be no more wind-blown litter from the bags and boxes. We now plan to build on this and take environmental enforcement to the next level with a big clampdown on people who let their dogs foul and don’t pick up and those who drop litter, cigarettes or chewing gum on the floor.”

Cllr Parkinson said; “This is a clear warning for anyone who thinks they can get away with dropping litter or leaving dog mess, we simply will not put up with it anymore; you are responsible for your own actions and being irresponsible in future could land you with a big fine.“

He added; “Our law abiding residents are fed up and want cleaner communities free from dog mess and litter and increasing our enforcement action, along with the introduction of the new wheeled bins, is all part of making this happen. The enforcement team will be careful not to be too heavy handed at first and there will be a two-week settling in period when the scheme launches later this year.”

Cllr Parkinson also announced plans to purchase a number of specialist pieces of equipment which can remove chewing gum and also clean the Boroughs town centres and market paving.

Further details of the schemes will be announced at Cabinet meeting later this month.