Press Release BDC 5th August 2020.
Bassetlaw District Council has this week started to crack-down on residents who deliberately drop litter, cigarette butts and fail to pick up after their dogs through a partnership with District Enforcement.
The Council is upping its commitment to making Bassetlaw a cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit by introducing Environmental Enforcement Officers across the district who have the powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £100 should they witness people littering or failing to clean up after their dog.
Working in partnership with District Enforcement, a company that specialises in environmental enforcement, Officers have this week begun to patrol the district, initially in the town centres of Worksop, Retford, Harworth and Tuxford, but also across the rest of the district including some of the larger and more rural villages.
Cllr Julie Leigh (Image below), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said: “Littering and dog fouling are some of the most reported issues to councillors and we are taking a more targeted and proactive approach to tackling these anti-social activities.
“Residents tell us time and again how frustrating it is to see litter, cigarette butts and dog poo out in their communities. Our environment services team and caretakers on housing estates work extremely hard to clean up communities, but a small minority of people continue to drop litter or fail to clean up after their dog. As a consequence, Bassetlaw District Council has introduced proactive enforcement to target this unacceptable behaviour.
“We want people to take pride in where they live and we are confident that the professional approach of District Enforcement will help to change people’s attitudes and behaviour and reduce the amount of litter and dog poo on our streets and in our communities.”
Colin Buchanan, Head of Operations at District Enforcement welcomed the partnership and said: “District Enforcement is excited to be working in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council and play our part in keeping such a beautiful borough clean and tidy, with our sole ambition to reduce the amount of littering and dog fouling on the streets.
“We have a dedicated team of officers who, on a daily basis, patrol the district and take a fair and proportionate approach to the issuance of a fixed penalty notice for any environmental crime offences they witness.”
“All of our officers carry identification, wear body cameras as part of their District Enforcement uniform and will never ask for fines to be paid on the spot.”
District Enforcement have been given powers by Bassetlaw District Council to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 for littering and dog fouling. Should the FPN not be paid, the offender could face prosecution and a potential fine of up to £2,500.
Environmental Crime Officers receive intensive training and ongoing professional development to maintain high standards. They also wear Body Cameras to capture interaction between Officers and members of the public.
You can find more information about District Enforcement and the Council’s new policy of issuing Fixed Penalty Notices by visiting https://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/environmental-health/environment-crime/enforcement-and-wardens/ where you will also find a handy list of Frequently Asked Questions.