Burnley Council is set to continue its environmental enforcement campaign to crackdown on littering and dog fouling across the borough.
Last April the council appointed private contractor Kingdom Environmental Services on a 12-month pilot scheme as part of ongoing work to make the borough a cleaner and safer place to live and work.
The council’s executive has now given the go-ahead to a tendering process to appoint a suitable partner to ensure the enforcement work continues. The new contract would run for three years, with an option to extend for a further two.The procurement process has been set up to put the emphasis on quality of service rather than income generation.
Councillor Lian Pate, executive member for community services, said: “Litter and dog fouling are consistently top priorities when we ask residents how best to improve our borough.
“We introduced enforcement patrols last year after we tried to reduce these anti-social problems through other means. They have proved effective and, together with the hard work and support of our partner Urbaser in keeping our streets clean, we are seeing an improvement in certain areas.
“We need to continue to take a pro-active approach and keep up the pressure on the selfish minority who drop rubbish or don’t clean up after their dog without a care for anyone else. That kind of anti-social behavior needs to be challenged and changed. The pilot scheme has brought positive results; it needs to continue so we can all walk our streets and parks without having to dodge dog mess or discarded litter.”
The tendering process is set to start later this month with bids to be in by early April. The new contract would come into operation from June.
Residents can report areas, confidentially if need be, where there is a problem with littering and/or dog fouling by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org