‘Eyes in the sky are watching’

FLY-TIPPING ... cleaning it up is costing the council �2.5m a year.
FLY-TIPPING ... cleaning it up is costing the council �2.5m a year.

Signs will be put up in some of the worst affected areas for fly tipping and dog fouling as community leaders step up their effort to target irresponsible neighbours.

Wyre Council’s latest attempt to stop people blighting streets, parks and alleyways have eyes emblazoned on them to give culprits the idea they are being watched and act as a deterrent to those considering committing anti-social acts.

Some of the worst affected areas for dog fouling in the last month include Martindale Avenue in Fleetwood and Lindsay 
Avenue in Poulton.

Wyre Council received four complaints about the Fleetwood street and three about Lindsay Avenue. Coun Pete Murphy, street scene portfolio holder for Wyre Council, said: “It’s a problem that has been around for years and will continue to be around because we are always going to get irresponsible dog owners, but we need to give them a bit of a shock to improve the situation.

“We get calls on a regular basis from a number of areas and they are the ones we are going to target. It’s probably one of the only issues around the country that nobody is beating, but we are improving the areas we can.”

Wyre Council was unable to provide a copy of the signs.

The authority is continuing to issue fixed penalty notices to owners who let their dogs foul and prosecute the people responsible for dumping rubbish and unwanted toys, furniture and fridges in back alleyways.

Coun Murphy added: “Cleveleys Promenade used to be a minefield for dog fouling but it is being cleared up regularly.” The council has worked with groups like Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group to clear up the streets when problems arise.

Coun Ron Shewan, Wyre councillor for Pharos ward, welcomed the signs, but still wants to see more done.

He said: “The signs are no good on their own, there needs to be wider measures and witnesses involved.

“It would be worthwhile to have a witness who collects evidence of this happening.”

Town’s struggle with rubbish

Two mobile cameras were purchased by Wyre Council in April and placed in problem areas to spot inconsiderate behaviour.

The £1,000 cameras are hidden out of view and used to capture the number plates of vehicles to report fly tippers to the authorities.

Fleetwood has a long standing issue with fly tipping and rubbish being left on the port’s streets.

In 2011 robust wheelie bins replaced plastic bags at homes in the town after seagulls repeatedly tore open the sacks.

Two men were prosecuted by Wyre Council in January when they were caught dumping rubbish in an alleyway on Wyre Street, Fleetwood.

The men unloaded 20 bags of rubbish from a van but were seen by a council employee.

At least six wheelie bins were set alight by firebugs at the beginning of August, causing more than £600 of damage.

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