New Environmental Crime Officers to take a zero tolerance approach to littering and dog fouling
Newly appointed Paul Carville will be proactively patrolling the district's hotspot areas with the powers to issue on the spot Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 and to carry out investigations of any witnessed offences.
The Officers, who will be equipped with body cameras, will also be speaking to members of the public and business operators to gather information on problem areas and to provide education on environmental crime and the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which is in force in some areas of the district.
The Officers will also be approaching businesses where littering outside of their premises has become a problem.
The Officers will also have new vans which will be equipped with dash cams to capture any littering offences from vehicles in the district whilst out on patrols. They will also be looking at a crackdown on fly tipping in the district with the use of covert cameras as an additional tool to catch the offenders.
Portfolio Holder for Operational Services, Councillor Sandra Harrison said; "The appointment of Environmental Crime Officers is an investment in a cleaner environment for our community. Our team will be more visible on the streets, getting to know where the issues are occurring and fining people who are found to be littering our public spaces."
Paul Carville, Environmental Crime Officer, said; "I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to this new role. My background is enforcement so I will be able to use my skills here to help the Council enforce against the offences that blight the communities".
People who fail to comply will be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice and anyone who fails to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice may be prosecuted for the offence.
If dog fouling or littering is witnessed, please report it on 01507 601111 or online at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk
Notes to Editor:
The PSPO makes it an offence not to remove dog faeces from the following areas:
- Any public road
- Any private road to which the public have access (unless the owner of the road declares that he or she does not wish the order to cover it)
- Any public footpath
- Any private footpath to which the public have access (unless the owner of the footpath declares that he or she does not wish the order to cover it)
- Any other land, which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment)
Dogs are banned from any enclosed and fenced designated children's play area containing play equipment within our district. Dogs are also banned from May 1 to September 30 on beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.
It is an offence not to place a dog on a lead when requested by an appropriately Authorised Person, if the dog is deemed to be dangerously out of control. This will apply to any public open spaces as identified above.
Offences committed under the Public Space Protection Order will be liable on conviction in the Magistrates Court to a fine of up to £1,000.