Putting pri­vate firm on dog pa­trol is good news

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

THE de­ci­sion by Rossendale Coun­cil to use a pri­vate com­pany to look out for dog foul­ing and lit­ter drop­pers and fine them on the spot is good news.

The coun­cil says it will be cost neu­tral to them be­cause the cost of cov­er­ing the scheme will come from the £75 fines is­sued.

Two peo­ple will pa­trol the bor­ough is­su­ing fines as and when they see dog foul­ing and lit­ter drop­ping oc­cur­ring.

It can only be good news for our area, and is the only re­al­is­tic so­lu­tion to solv­ing the prob­lem to an ex­tent.

Peo­ple need to be caught in the act to stand any chance of be­ing pros­e­cuted, and hope­fully this will lead to more peo­ple think­ing twice about what they are do­ing.

Of course, the long-term aim is surely for the scheme to be­come a drain on coun­cil re­sources, be­cause the pa­trols are act­ing as such a de­ter­rent that they don’t catch any­one, ever ... but sadly, we’re a long way from that be­ing the case.

Nam­ing and sham­ing those is­sued with fines should also be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil too.

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