Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is calling on the Cheshire East Council to hand out more 'on the spot' fines for dog fouling and littering.
He said," The number of fines that have been handed out in the first five years of the Council's existence are derisory. (See figures below)
In my own Ward of Willaston and Rope there have been just 3 fines for littering and one fine for dog fouling in the last 5 years. That is simply not good enough when it is one of the main concerns of the residents that I represent.
With a population of over 370,000, covering 450 square miles, to hand out just 15 fines for dog fouling over the last two years is pathetic. To issue just 49 fines in the last two years for littering is simply unacceptable. Dog fouling and littering are two of the biggest concerns of local people and the Council should be taking the problem far more seriously. Also dog fouling is a potential health hazard, especially to the young. The Council has a wide range of Wardens across the Borough and they should be using their powers to issue fines far more frequently. Also more staff should be empowered to issue fines as they go about their everyday duties. Also we should be working with the PCSOs to empower them to hand out 'on the spot' fines.
At the moment the small minority of residents who drop litter and allow their dogs to foul without cleaning it up have no fear because they know there is virtually no chance of getting caught and fined. Also the Council needs to do more to educate the public about the need to keep our lovely Borough clean, tidy and safe."
Cllr Brian Silvester (Photo attached)
Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor
Cheshire East Council
Tel/fax 01270 567757