Residents joined senior councillors in pledging their support for efforts by Burnley Council to keep the town centre clean and tidy.
It comes a month before new, tougher enforcement action is introduced that will see £75 fines issued to those that drop litter or fail to clean up after their dogs.
Members of the public joined council leader Mark Townsend and other councillors in signing a “keep it tidy” pledge and support stronger action against those that spoil our borough.
From 10th April private company Kingdom Environmental Enforcement Services will carry out enforcement work, issuing on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to offenders caught dropping litter and chewing gum, failing to clean up after their dog.
Kingdom staff will carry out patrols and identify “hot spot” areas, issue fines and pursue anyone who fails to pay their FPN, under a 12-month pilot scheme.
The scheme is self-financing with the costs of enforcement being met from the income from fines. Council Streetscene officers will also continue to carry out enforcement work.
Councillor Lian Pate, executive member for community services who was also at the pledge signing, said: “Residents are fed up with the selfish minority who spoil our neighbourhoods for everyone.
“Time and again people tell us that rubbish and dog fouling are important concerns for them. Anyone who drops litter and chewing gum or doesn’t clean up after their dog should face the prospect of having to pay a £75 fine.
“Most people are proud of their town and want to keep it clean and tidy. However, despite years of trying to work with people to tackle these problems there are still some who persist in dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog. It’s now time to take an even tougher approach.”