A PRIVATE firm is to take on the dirty dogs who fail to scoop the poop on Anglesey.
Following executive council approval on Monday, the Isle of Anglesey County Council will enter into a 12-month trial with St Helen’s-based Kingdom Security in a crackdown on dog fouling.
The firm will also issue £75 fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes such as littering and fly-tipping, with an option to extend for a further 12 months, subject to the agreement of both parties.
The council currently uses waste cleaning contractor Biffa but during 2014-15 and 2015-16, it did not issue any fines – despite receiving 282 complaints.
Under the proposed scheme, the council would pay nothing to Kingdom, but would receive a five per cent cut of every fine – £3.75 of every fixed penalty fine issued for littering and dog fouling offences.
The share received by the council would cover administration and legal fees. Kingdom Security staff will work in partnership with staff from the council’s waste management section.
A spokesman for Isle of Anglesey County Council said: “Designated Kingdom enforcement staff will be appointed as authorised officers of the council to enable them to carry out enforcement work including issuing of relevant fixed penalty notices. Income generated from the issuing of fixed penalty notices will be used to meet environmental objectives. If the enforcement trial is proving a success after an initial three-month period, we will consider extending the trial with Kingdom to include providing penalty notices for on-street and off-street parking.”
He added: “The main aim of this initial trial is to ensure that Anglesey has cleaner streets.”
Kingdom Security currently patrols litter and dog fouling for 35 other councils, including Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.