Dog mess brought to meeting to raise problems

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PLANS to launch a new crackdown on dog fouling and litter droppers have been scrapped – despite bags of dog mess being brought to a council meeting yesterday to highlight the issue.

Lib Dem Councillor Lynne Stagg took four bags of excrement she scooped up from the ground that morning to the Guildhall to highlight the need to take action.

Cllr Lynne Stagg and Cllr Darren Sanders from Portsmouth City Council holding bags of dog mess to highlight the problem in the city

Cllr Lynne Stagg and Cllr Darren Sanders from Portsmouth City Council holding bags of dog mess to highlight the problem in the city

She was frustrated that the Tory administration had proposed ending plans considered by the Lib Dems when in power to hire enforcement firm 3GS to issue fines to those who don’t clear up dog mess or litter.

In the end the Conservatives voted not to go forward with 3GS as it would be too much of a risk to taxpayers. Instead, the group decided existing council employees would help to make streets cleaner.

Council leader Donna Jones said costs of around £750,000 a year could have been created because of legal cases involving the council and residents refusing to pay fines.

But Lib Dem Cllr Darren Sanders said the figures were ‘guesswork’ and other authorities had brought in the scheme successfully. Council officers advised a proper procurement process should have been carried out with other firms when 3GS was considered initially.