Councillors David Congreve, Adam Ogilvie and Angela Gabriel (Labour, Beeston & Holbeck) have been keen to secure the patrols following numerous complaints about littering and dog fouling from local residents.
The patrols, carried out by LCC Environmental Services, tackle a different area of the city each weekend. The aim of the patrols is to enforce littering, dog fouling and other environmental crimes, and to offer advice and education to the community about responsible attitudes.
At the recent patrol in Beeston & Holbeck, enforcement officers issued six £75 fines to people caught littering, walking their dogs without leads and not picking up dog waste. The officers also spoke to approximately 85 members of the public advising them of regulations regarding dogs and littering and handed out leaflets, dog waste bags and cigarette/chewing gum waste pouches. Two stray dogs were also picked up and kennelled.
Councillor David Congreve said:
“I and my colleagues receive many complaints about litter and dog fouling from residents and we welcome this initiative. I fully support officers doing this difficult job. Although most of the public are responsible, the few are not cause real concern for the community.
“The cost of street cleaning and litter picking to the Council is staggering and the health hazards from dog waste are severe. We know that keeping communities clean and safe is important to local people. That is why we want to be proactive about enforcing environmental laws and educating the public on these important issues.”