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Reducing number of dog wardens made 'bad situation worse' in Wirral
A Tory councillor has claimed people whose dogs foul the environment face “little or no chance” of being fined in Wirral.
She blames the situation on the council's ruling Labour administration for halving the number of dog fouling enforcement officers in the borough from ten to five.
She points to figures that show the number of people fined for not clearing up after their pets has slumped.
So far, there have been 139 fewer penalty notices issued than 2012.
There have been reductions in New Brighton (from 44 to 20 over 122 months); Leasowe (24 to three); West Kirby (32 to 16); Bebington (17 to two) and Woodchurch (15 to two).
Councillor Rennie said: "These figures show the town hall has made a bad situation worse.
"We know most owners do pick up after their pets but, the minority who don't pick up after their pets on the pavements or in playgrounds, now have face little or no chance of being fined.
“Each fixed penalty notice is £50 and almost £13,000 was paid by owners who were caught not picking up after their pets in 2012.
"So far this year, that has slumped to less than £6,000.
She added: "Is the town hall really telling us that we have fewer problems with dog fouling?
“At the same time, the 'tourist destinations' of New Brighton and West Kirby are now among the most neglected areas at the very time when we are trying to encourage visitors.
"Residents want more action on this problem, not less."
Council leader Cllr Phil Davies said it was the Tory/Lib Dem Government that was forcing Wirral to make savings of more than £100m in three years.
He said: “If she wants to beef up the dog warden service she should ask Eric Pickles (Local Government Secretary) and ask him not to cut our budget.
“We are trying to manage services in the teeth of the most swingeing cuts in local government I have ever known.”
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