Almost 700 people in Bassetlaw have been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice after they were caught deliberately dropping litter, cigarette waste or dog fouling.
Since the beginning of August, the Council has upped its commitment to making Bassetlaw a cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit by partnering with District Enforcement, a company that specialises in environmental enforcement.
Between 3rd August and 3rd September, District Enforcement Officers have issued a total of 692 Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 to people who were caught deliberately dropping litter, cigarette waste or failing to pick up after their dog as part of their patrols throughout Bassetlaw.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said:
“We want to make Bassetlaw a cleaner and safer place, and for people to be proud of where they live, work and visit. This is why we are now taking a targeted approach to fine people who think it is acceptable to drop litter on our streets and leave dog poo lying around.
“The first month of enforcement action has highlighted that people don’t regard cigarette waste as littler, which has led to a high number of fines. Dropping a cigarette butt is still littering and not disposing of it properly harms the environment and makes our streets look untidy. As well as plastic, cigarette filters are made up of thousands of chemical ingredients, including arsenic, lead and nicotine, all of which can end up in our waterways and be highly toxic to fish and other marine animals.
“I am also particularly pleased to see that FPNs have been issues for dog fouling, which is an emotive issue and one that the public frequently bring to the attention of councillors.”
Colin Buchanan, Head of Operations at District Enforcement, added: “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.
“Since the launch of our patrols within Bassetlaw, we have noticed a significant change of behaviour within high foot fall areas. This just goes to show education plays a key element within our service delivery. This new partnership between District Enforcement and Bassetlaw District Council has proved to be a successful one and we look forward working with each other in the future.”
Bin the Butt
The most common form of littering has been discarded cigarette waste, which has accounted for 667 FPNs. This statistic backs up Keep Britain Tidy’s research which found that dropped cigarette butts are the most common form of littering, found on 79% of the 7,200 sites surveyed as part of their Local Environment Quality Survey of England 2017/18.
Tackling Dog Fouling
As well handing out fines for littering, Enforcement Officers have caught 14 people across the district failing to pick up after their dog.
District Enforcement Officers have been patrolling Bassetlaw, seven days a week, including, town centres, our parks and open spaces, areas that have been identified as ‘hot spots’, and some areas of private land including supermarket car parks and service stations.
The age ranges of the people fined are as follows:
Ages 17 to 20 – 15 FPNs
Ages 20 to 39 – 283 FPNs
Ages 40 to 59 – 281 FPNs
Ages 60 and over – 94 FPNs
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 the Enforcement and Wardens section of our website where you will also find a handy list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Last Updated on Wednesday, October 28, 2020