Litter and dog fouling enforcement trial starts

Environmental patrol officers (left to right) Adam Carter, Lucy Harding and Tony Murphy begin work in Leeds.

Councillor Mark Dobson joins the new enforcement patrols at the start of the six month trial.

The pilot patrols in parts of west and north Leeds and the city centre will test if a firmer approach to littering and dog fouling results in cleaner streets.

A six month trial of new, litter and dog fouling enforcement trials started in Leeds yesterday (Monday 22 April).

The pilot environmental patrols will be taking place in the city centre and Otley, Adel, Bramhope, Cookridge, Holt Park, Horsforth, Guiseley, Rawdon, Pool in Wharfdale, Yeadon and also on Woodhouse Moor.

Anyone seen blatantly dropping litter or failing to pick up after their dog will be issued a £75 fixed penalty notice.

The tougher stance follows an increase in complaints about litter and dog fouling and will test if more visible patrols in dedicated areas will act as a deterrent.

The patrols are being run by specialist environmental firm 3gs and will operate alongside the council's existing environmental action officers.

It's hoped that the combined efforts of all patrols will change people's behaviour towards litter and dog fouling.

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Amanda Burns, senior communications officer, 0113 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk