No re­ward for dog foul­ing ev­i­dence

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE coun­cil has ruled out in­tro­duc­ing a con­tro­ver­sial scheme which re­wards res­i­dents for in­form­ing on dog own­ers who don’t pick up their mess with coun­cil tax breaks.

Cheshire East Coun­cil says there are no plans to in­tro­duce a scheme to re­ward any­one who pro­vides ev­i­dence which leads to a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion for an ir­re­spon­si­ble dog owner.

It comes af­ter the Mayor of Liverpool of­fered a year’s free coun­cil tax to res­i­dents who shop of­fend­ers.

But a spokesman for Cheshire East Coun­cil said there are no plans to in­tro­duce the scheme here.

Any­one caught not pick­ing up af­ter their dog faces an £80 fine.

In Oc­to­ber last year Cheshire East Coun­cil re­cruited a team of en­force­ment of­fi­cers with the power to is­sue the fixed penalty no­tices to any­one caught fly tip­ping or lit­ter­ing – which in­cludes dog foul­ing. The team is­sued 106 fines within the first month – a to­tal of nearly £8,500.

It is un­der­stood the ma­jor­ity of of­fend­ers caught by the team were smok­ers drop­ping cig­a­rette ends.

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