It's about time too - that's your verdict on litter crackdown
PLANS to employ a private company to hand out fines to litter louts and people who fail to pick up after their dogs have been given a thumbs-up by Evening Post readers.
An external team of litter enforcement officers — local government enforcement company 3GS — has been tasked with patrolling Swansea sites, with the power to hand over £75 fines to offenders.
The crackdown is part of a new initiative to deal with litter and dog fouling problems.
Plans also include the introduction of two additional litter collection teams and extra dog mess bins have also been purchased to help boost the number of bins in the Castle, Penderry and Townhill wards.
Reader Siani Thomas said: "This is long overdue. I'm a dog owner and manage to clean up after my dog despite having osteoarthritis in my neck and spine.
"It infuriates me to see perfectly fit and healthy people simply walking off and leaving dog muck for everyone else to suffer.
"Lazy, disrespectful people like that give dog owners a bad name.
"Despite the volume of poo on the streets, most of us are responsible and do the right thing, so why should the irresponsible minority be allowed to get away without cleaning up?
"As much as I love my dog, his poo is disgusting, but it was my choice to get a dog, so it's my duty to clean up after him.
"Why should anyone else be saddled with seeing and smelling his poo?"
Hugh Lewis added: "About time, irresponsible dog owners ruin it for all the responsible ones.
"We have had people allow their dog to foul outside our front door, then deny they did even though we saw them. This is long overdue.
"I hope there is a way of reporting those responsible too."
Every year, cleaning up litter, including fly tipping and dog fouling, costs Swansea Council around £2.7 million, with approximately £500,000 of that cost spent in the city centre alone.
In June and July this year 43 fixed penalty notices were handed out to members of the public, while the council also succeeded in prosecuting three people in Swansea who had failed to pay fixed penalty notices issued for dropping litter and dog fouling.
Reader Louise Davies-Davies added: "Hooray. It's about time. We always pick up our dog's mess and are fed up with other irresponsible owners giving us a bad name".