Dog fouling and litter fines to increase in Neath Port Talbot - but no definite plans yet in Swansea and Carmarthenshire
FINES for dog fouling and littering across Neath Port Talbot will be increased.
The authority’s Environment and Highways Scrunity Committee and Cabinet Board voted to put the fixed penalty increase through.
It means anyone caught not picking up after their pets, or throwing rubbish in the street, will now receive a £100 fine. It was previously £75.
As part of the discussions, the Council has also drafted a protocol with South Wales Police, with the 43 PCSOs in the county teaming up with enforcement officers to issue fines.
Head of streetcare, Mike Roberts, said dog fouling and littering were consistent issues in Pact meetings in communities across the county.
Members, including chairman Councillor David Williams, and Councillors Eddie Jones and Steve Hunt, all praised officers for putting together the report.
Mr Williams said: "Your department is doing a fine job, I must endorse what you are doing."
A spokeswoman for Swansea Council said it had no plans currently to increase its penalty, adding: "Littering is something which affects the quality of the environment for all of us as well as costing the Council millions of pounds to clean up. This is why we have made it a priority and have recently launched a crackdown campaign which has been backed by Keep Wales Tidy."
In Carmarthenshire, executive board member for environmental and public protection Councillor Jim Jones said he was supportive of fines increasing, but that the issue was currently being debated and is on the agenda for the next all Wales enforcement meeting.
"We are looking to have a consistent approach across Wales," he said.
"We are also looking at the legislation in relation to issuing FPNs for spitting and urinating in public.
"Keeping the county clean and safe is a high priority for the council."
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