Private firm to tackle Longridge litter louts?

Could this solve Longridge's litter problem?
Could this solve Longridge's litter problem?

The rising tide of litter dropping and dog fouling in Longridge could be dealt with by offenders being given on-the-spot fines.

The town council has discussed engaging a private company to tackle the problem, first of litter when contractors with self-funding programmes would levy immediate fines of £70, then extending the scheme to irresponsible dog-owners.

Deputy mayor Coun Rupert Swarbrick told last week’s meeting it was a service many local authorities were using. “It’s legal, ethical, applies to old and young dropping cigarettes, paper, cans - the whole scheme has merit - we should support it,” he said. It would run in conjunction with the borough’s litter service agreement, currently under review by the town council, and be on a future meeting’s agenda.