Data shows where in Wirral is worst for flytipping and dog fouling

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

Data from 14 April 2023 to March 26 2024 show there were 3628 reports of fly tipping across the borough and 373 reports of dog fouling from people not clearing after their pets.

Between April and March, more than 1,000 fewer streets were cleaned with 1,415 street cleansing activities carried out compared to 2,446 the previous year. 

Dog fouling has seen an increase in the last year. There were 336 reports between April 2022 and March 2023 but there were 373 the following year.

Flytipping reports have stayed largely the same with 3768 reports between April 2023 and March 2024, a decrease of one compared to the previous year according to the council data.

In 2023, Wirral Council looked to crack down more on these crimes as well as litter by passing plans to bring in a new environmental enforcement scheme carried out by a contractor. This was expected to raise £150,000 for the council following “increasing levels of environmental crime.”

Data published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showed no fines were issued for any flytipping incidents between April 2022 and March 2023. Despite investigating 2,488 incidents, only three warning letters were issued by the council.

The new data also shows some areas are more heavily impacted with the highest reports of flytipping in the council wards of Birkenhead and Tranmere, Rock Ferry, Seacombe, and Bidston and St James. The Birkenhead and Tranmere ward was the highest for dog fouling reports with 47 over the year.

However, some places see far fewer incidents of flytipping. In Heswall, there were only 16 reports with West Kirby, Wallasey, Pensby and Thingwall, Moreton West and Saughall Massie, Greasby, Frankby and Irby, and Estham also seeing lower numbers.

Every area with over 100 reports of fly tipping was located in the east of the borough in more densely populated areas such as Birkenhead, Bebington, and Wallasey.

In response, Cllr Liz Grey, Wirral Council’s environment committee chair, said, “Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime, it is one we take very seriously due to the impact it has on people’s quality of life and the cost in environmental as well as financial terms.

“I encourage residents to report all incidents of fly-tipping to the council at the earliest opportunity and with as much information and evidence they can provide. Reports are logged and Environmental Enforcement Officers will investigate and look for evidence linking it to an offender. They will always seek to prosecute anyone who we can prove has fly-tipped.”

On dog fouling, she said, “There really is no excuse – it’s lazy, it’s selfish, and it is anti-social. Of course, the council has a street cleansing schedule to clear up litter, dog mess and other rubbish, but with the best will in the world, there are simply not the resources to enable our cleaners to respond reactively to every report of dog fouling.

“Not picking up dog fouling is an offence and the local authority has the power to issue a fixed penalty notice if someone is caught in the act by an enforcement officer. Wirral Council is currently looking once again at introducing a dedicated environmental enforcement team to patrol known hotspots and issue on-the-spot penalties to anyone who is observed committing a litter or dog-fouling offence.

“But the bottom line is, if you are a dog owner walking your pet, it is up to you to make sure you carry dog poo bags and it is your responsibility to pick any mess up in a bag and put the bag in the bin. It can go in any public litter bin, or your green wheelie bin at home.”

Below is data from 14 April 2023 to 26 March 2024 broken down by council ward:

WardFly tippingStreet CleansingDog Fouling
No ward recorded110385
Bebington Ward1335311
Bidston and St. James Ward3809116
Birkenhead and Tranmere Ward68510647
Bromborough Ward2104826
Clatterbridge Ward823611
Claughton Ward1297712
Eastham Ward47664
Greasby, Frankby and Irby Ward30508
Heswall Ward163021
Hoylake and Meols Ward987522
Leasowe and Moreton East Ward75343
Liscard Ward2385818
Moreton West and Saughall Massie Ward513815
New Brighton Ward895118
Oxton Ward727314
Pensby and Thingwall Ward532613
Prenton Ward97477
Rock Ferry Ward4548014
Seacombe Ward4117319
Upton Ward787114
Wallasey Ward537828
West Kirby and Thurstaston Ward375627
Total36281355373

Image: A flytipping incident in Bebington. Credit: Edward Barnes

Why not follow birkenhead.news on Facebook, Twitter, and Threads? You can also send story ideas or letters to the editor to news@birkenhead.news