Tameside MBC set to outsource dog fouling fines collection
From next year, one borough east of the M60 motorway is set to dish its dirt to a private contractor. Literally.
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council has invited tenders for the privatisation of its dog fouling enforcement service. The deal, claimed to be at no extra cost to council tax payers would see the likes of G4S or Control Plus clamping down on dog fouling, in the same way illegal car parking is enforced.
Whoever wins the tender is set to get a cut from each fine imposed. From the start of its tenure, on-the-spot fines for dog fouling will rise from £60 to £90.
Similar schemes are already in operation with Cardiff and Birmingham City Councils. Also following in the footsteps of Cardiff and Birmingham, along with Tameside MBC will be Torfaen Council. This will be a pilot scheme with uniformed and trained enforcement officers.
So, do you think privatised dog fouling enforcement is just the jobby, or should such matters remain in public hands? Feel free to comment.
S.V., 08 November 2013.