New map to catch tippers

A new map will help to catch people who fly-tip or let their dogs foul on the street.
A new map will help to catch people who fly-tip or let their dogs foul on the street.
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Fly-tipping and dog fouling hot spots will now be pinpointed on a new map in a bid to help council officers deal with the problems that continually blight neighbourhoods.

Concerned residents can immediately mark the street where they spot a crime on a website and report it to Wyre Council using their phone or laptop.

Fly tipping in Fleetwood

Fly tipping in Fleetwood

This is the latest effort to tackle problems with dog fouling, graffiti and fly-tipping and comes after the authority purchased two mobile cameras to catch offenders.

Coun Pete Murphy, Wyre Council’s street scene portfolio holder, said: “If people go on to the website and know about an incident they can report it and it will stay on there until we’ve sorted it out.

“Historically, we know where problems are with fly tipping and we target those areas and will do it even more as they come in.”

The authority is continuing to hand out fixed penalty notices for offenders who let their dogs foul or prosecute people for dumping unwanted rubbish, toys and furniture.

But despite the efforts of the council, Coun Murphy claims the issue will never be completely eradicated.

He added: “I don’t think anything will resolve the problem completely because lazy dog owners won’t clear up after their dogs no matter what you do.

“People who fly-tip will continue to do it so we are trying to minimise it and with this we can quickly work out where the hot spots are because this gives us an interactive map of problems.”

The map has been set up on Wyre Council’s website to speed up the process of reporting and dealing with neighbourhood problems and can be used on phones with internet access to give people the chance to report it as soon as they see something.

Piles of cable sheathing were found dumped in a back alleyway behind Heathfield Road, Fleetwood, in August, leading to community leaders to claim the town was being used as a “dumping ground”.

Coun John Warnock, a Mount ward councillor for Fleetwood Town Council, found the cable and supports the idea of a map.

He said: “It sounds like a good idea because it’s constant around here.

“Fly-tipping is an on going problem but if you ring up about it now officers will deal with it straight away.”

Report fly-tipping, dog fouling or graffiti by visiting www.wyre.gov.uk

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