Wirral Council councillors discuss “naming and shaming” after “zero tolerance” approach to persistent bad behaviour
In a discussion about flytipping and environmental crimes on Wirral Council”s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee councillors discussed a “naming and shaming” policy.
Later in the meeting, councillors agreed officers should have powers to fine drivers £20 if they didn’t turn off their engines when asked. However they also asked that this policy not apply to any Wirral Council vehicles.
Conservative councillors wanted agreement that flytipped waste should be removed within three days, instead of the five days at present.
Cllr Steve Foulkes (Vice-Chair) (pictured above) was concerned about the possible financial implications and asked for a delay to any decision on speedier responses to flytipping until councillors had received detailed information.
Also speaking at the meeting was a representative from Kingdom Service Group Limited who on Wirral Council’s behalf issue fixed penalty notices for littering and dog fouling.
The representative was critical of the previous approach by Wirral Council employees who had asked those littering to pick it up and if so not issued a fixed penalty notice. The new “zero tolerance” approach had led to far more fixed penalty notices being issued (which were mainly to people living locally on the Wirral).
Kingdom Service Group Limited also deal with any representations on whether fixed penalty notices have been appropriately issued, with Wirral Council dealing with any legal action that might result.
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