No mucking around with on the
spot fines for dog fouling
WIRRAL Council has warned irresponsible
dog owners that it isn't 'mucking around' when it comes to enforcing
legislation around dog fouling.
In an extension to the contract the Council has with Kingdom to enforce the laws
around littering, Officers are now taking a 0 tolerance approach to the issue
of dog fouling. Anyone caught will receive an immediate £50 fixed penalty
Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, said:-
"As the recent public survey conducted on our behalf by IPSO Mori confirmed,
environmental issues such as dog fouling remain the number one priority that
residents want us to tackle. Our approach to littering has proved extremely
successful as a deterrent and many streets in our busiest areas are noticeably
cleaner as a result. Many people have urged us to adopt the same policy towards
tacking dog fouling and we are delighted that we now have the framework in place
with Kingdom which allows its enforcement officers to do just that on our
Since 9 May 2016, Kingdom's enforcement officers have been able to issue the £50
fixed penalty notices to owners who fail to pick up their dog's mess. To date,
10 fixed penalty notices have already been issued for dog fouling in the 1st 2 weeks of this new approach. If the FPN isn't paid in time, then the offender
will be taken to Court.
Cllr Mooney added:- "There is no excuse. We know the vast majority of dog
owners do the right thing when they are out for a walk; they take bags, they
clean up and they put the bagged mess in the nearest bin.
We're talking about an irresponsible minority and it is only right that we use
the full weight of the powers we have as a local authority to try to change
their behaviour and make our public spaces cleaner and more attractive."
Dog fouling enforcement will be intelligence led, which means that Officers will
spend much of their time in areas where particular problems with dog fouling are
reported. To this end, people can continue to let the Council know about dog
fouling problems by reporting
The 0 tolerance approach to dog fouling will be backed by an
awareness raising campaign focusing on many of the groups of people who face
particular problems because of dog dirt; people in wheelchairs, parents pushing
prams and buggies, people playing in parks and open spaces.
Dog owners will also be reminded that their bagged dog dirt can be deposited in
any of the 4,000 public litter bins across the borough; or it can be taken home
and put in your green, non-recyclable waste bin.
If anyone is caught disposing of bagged dog dirt in an inappropriate way, they
will be fined under the litter legislation, which at the moment carries a bigger
fixed penalty; £80.
Cllr Mooney adds:- "It is a simple message and 1 which every dog owner
really should be aware of by now; bag it and bin it. It might not be the most
pleasant thing to have to do, but it's the right and responsible thing to do."
Lime Street to remain closed
as The Futurist is still not safe
PART of Lime Street in Liverpool is to
remain closed until midnight, on Tuesday, 31 May 2016, due to the condition of the
derelict former Futurist Cinema.
Structural experts say the risk of building collapse has not yet been eliminated
due to the complex nature of the structure and the progressive failure of
They have advised the Futurist is still in a precarious state and condition, and
the City Council must take all necessary precautions and guard against risk to
maintain public safety by keeping Lime Street closed.
In order to prevent any risk to the public, the road will remain closed in both
directions until midnight on 31 May.
A Council spokesman said:- "The decision to continue with the road closure
is not one that we have taken lightly. The Council recognises the inconvenience
caused to motorists and businesses, however public safety is of paramount
importance. We would like to thank people for their continued patience,
understanding and co-operation."
The closure is from Skelhorne Street to Copperas Hill with pedestrian access
maintained on the side of Lime Street opposite the Futurist. People attended the Rock
'n' Roll Marathon, on Sunday, 29 May 2016, were advised to use the train to
travel into Liverpool.
The following diversions are in force:-
► For traffic travelling from the South - Berry Street, Leece Street, Rodney
Street, Clarence Street, Russell Street, Seymour Street, London Road and Lime
► For traffic travelling from the North - London Road, Seymour Street, Russell
Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.
► Traffic travelling along St Anne Street and Pembroke Place
- Seymour Street,
Russell Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.
► Traffic travelling up St Johns Lane - Lime Street, Commutation Row, Hunter
Street, St Anne Street, Norton Street, Seymour Street, Russell Street, Clarence
Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.
► For motorists on Lime Street (between London Road and Georges Place) who have
missed the advanced signage, the alternative route is: right onto St Georges
Place/St Johns Lane, Whitechapel, right onto Victoria Street, Byrom Street,
right onto Hunter Street, right onto Norton Street, Seymour Street, Russell
Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.
► There is a secondary diversion route for motorists on Renshaw Street who have
missed the advanced diversion signs on Berry Street: Copperas Hill, Seymour
Street, London Road and Lime Street.
► Access to St John's Shopping Centre Car Park is unaffected.
Appeal to find the relatives of Carol Ann
SEFTON Coroner's Office have issued an
appeal to the public in order to tracing the family of Carol Ann Harris, from
Birkdale. Sadly Carol Ann Harris died aged 69, at her home, Hazelwood, Liverpool
Road, Birkdale, on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. We are told that:- "There are no
suspicious circumstances surrounding her death." Anyone with information
that could help the coroner trace Ms Harris's next of kin is asked to contact
Stephen Craig at Sefton Coroner's Court on:- 0151 777 3422 or email them via:-