NEIGHBOURHOOD watch groups are being recruited to spearhead the battle again litter and dogs which foul Doncaster’s streets.
Groups across the borough are to be given new powers to report residents who persistently cause problems over either issue.
Traditionally, the schemes are set up to deter criminals, but that is set to be extended under the plans put forward by authorities in the borough.
Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Police say they want to harness the power of the resident-run schemes and let them get more involved in how their communities are run.
Members, who can already report low level crime to the police, will be able to report issues to the council such as fly-tipping, dog fouling, graffiti, abandoned vehicles and people throwing litter from car windows.
They will be able to report to the council by telephone or by using the Council website.
Hundreds of group members have been discussing how to report environmental crime at meetings across Doncaster.
Barbara Rider, from the recently set up Orchard Street Neighbourhood Watch, in Balby, said: “It’s unfair that people get away with dumping rubbish in our area and I hope everyone will report it if they see it.
“I’m really proud to be involved in Neighbourhood Watch and I’d encourage everyone to set up a local scheme where they can.”
Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council’s cabinet Member for communities, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Neighbourhood Watch groups across Doncaster for the hard work they do and for the commitment they show to their communities.
“No-one wants to live in an unclean, untidy street and, with these new ways to report littering and dog fouling, Neighbourhood Watch members will be able to make sure everyone is proud of where they live.”
Chief Inspector Neil Thomas added: “South Yorkshire Police are always grateful to Neighbourhood Watch and recognise the important role they play in local policing.
“Schemes across Doncaster are supported by the police and the Council’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
“I’m delighted that Neighbourhood Watch members will soon be able to play an even bigger role in their area.”
To set up a Neighbourhood Watch group or to report fly-tipping, dog fouling or littering, contact Doncaster Council on 01302 736000.
To report tipping, littering or dog-fouling online, you can log onto www.doncaster.gov.uk