Community wardens draw a blank on litter and dog mess

Councillor Alan Moir with the new Community Wardens
Councillor Alan Moir with the new Community Wardens

A team of community wardens tasked with improving the environment have not issued a single fine for littering in four weeks.

And the eight wardens - who started patrolling the streets and parks of East Dunbartonshire on April 2 - have also not fined anybody for failing to pick up dog mess.

The wardens have a whole range of duties, which include issuing parking tickets, youth diversionary activities and enforcing smoking regulations - leading to concerns that they don’t have time to cover all their roles sufficiently.

One resident said: “I see people dropping litter every day so I don’t understand what areas these wardens are covering.

“The litter and dog mess in Kirkintilloch is as bad as ever and if they don’t fine anybody that’s obviously never going to change.”

Diane Campbell, the council’s director of governance and regulation, said: “The emphasis is not on issuing penalty notices - in fact, no fixed penalties have been issued in terms of dog fouling, smoking or littering over the past month.

“The emphasis is on community safety and the environment.

“As well as acting as a deterrent while on patrol, wardens provide advice and support in the community - helping to pro-actively focus on littering, smoking control and dog fouling.”