Our photo shows Dave Jones, Monmouthshire’s Head of Public Health & Culture and Superintendent Mark Sutton putting their signatures to an agreement to work in unison over litter and dog fouling.
Gwent Police and Monmouthshire County Council have taken steps to combat the scourge of litter and dog fouling in the county by signing a joint protocol. From July 1st, police community support officers will have the power to issue £75 fixed penalty notices to people who create litter or allow their dogs to foul public areas. The scheme will be managed by the council’s environmental health section.
County Councillor Phil Murphy, cabinet member with responsibility for public protection explained that the county council is determined to do all it can to provide clean, safe streets and public spaces. He said: “The police support is greatly valued, as an effective enforcement strategy is a crucial element in our efforts to change the attitudes of the few who continue to act irresponsibly”.
Environmental health staff will also be visiting local secondary schools as young persons aged 12 or over could be liable to a fixed penalty. Their message is simple – do not drop litter and when walking your dog always carry a suitable receptacle to pick up if it fouls!
Superintendent Mark Sutton who is responsible for Monmouthshire’s Local Policing Unit added, “We are happy to support our Local Authority partners in responding to the anti-social practices of litter and dog-fouling by awarding our PCSO’s these powers. Our communities tell us that these offences can blight the appearance of their neighbourhoods and reduce their quality of life significantly. We’re determined to make sure offenders are dealt with.”