Wirral’s worst areas for dog fouling and flytipping have been revealed

New data shows which areas of the Wirral have the highest rates of fly tipping and dog fouling.

Data from April 14, 2023 to March 26, 2024 shows there were 3,628 reports of fly tipping in the neighborhood and 373 reports of dog fouling from people not cleaning up after their pets. Between April and March, over 1,000 fewer streets were cleaned, with 1,415 street cleaning activities carried out compared to 2,446 the previous year.

Dog fouling has seen an increase in the past year. There were 336 reports between April 2022 and March 2023, but there were 373 the following year. Flytipping reports remained largely the same, with 3,768 reports between April 2023 and March 2024, down one on the previous year according to council data.

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In 2023, Wirral Council sought to further clamp down on these crimes, as well as littering, by adopting plans to introduce a new contractor-led environmental enforcement scheme. It was expected to raise £150,000 for the council following “increasing levels of environmental crime”.

However, data released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showed that no fines were issued for any flight tipping incidents between April 2022 and March 2023. Despite investigations into 2,488 incidents, only three warning letters were issued by the council.

The new data also shows that some areas are harder hit, with the highest reports of flyovers in the council wards of Birkenhead and Tranmere, Rock Ferry, Seacombe, Bidston and St James. Birkenhead and Tranmere were also the highest for dog fouling reports, with 47 over the year.

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