Public Consultation on Environmental Enforcement

Public Consultation on Environmental Enforcement

Bassetlaw residents and businesses are being asked if they would like to continue to see fixed penalty notices of £100 issued to people who do not pick up after their dog and who drop litter on our streets.

Over the last 10 months, Bassetlaw District Council has been working in partnership with District Enforcement, a company that specialises in environmental enforcement, on a pilot project that takes a firmer approach to environmental crimes.

As part of this pilot, Enforcement Officers have been patrolling communities across the district, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 should they witness people littering or failing to clean up after their dog.

The Council is now asking Bassetlaw residents and businesses to give us their views as part of a six-week consultation. These responses will help to inform a decision on whether to continue to provide Enforcement Officers with legal powers that allows them to issue FPN’s on behalf of the Council.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Environment at Bassetlaw District Council said: “Littering and dog fouling are two of the most emotive issues that are reported to councillors and the Council.

“In August 2020, we took a more targeted and proactive approach to tackling these anti-social activities. We would now like to ask residents and businesses if they believe this approach has made a positive impact and if they would like to continue to see fixed penalty notices issued to those few people who drop litter and don’t clean up after their dog.

“We want people to take pride in where they live and work and through this consultation we are interested to learn the public’s views on if they believe this pilot has helped to change people’s attitudes and behaviour to reduce the amount of litter and dog poo on our streets and in our communities.”

You can take part in the consultation by visiting our Enforcement and Wardens page. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete and will help to shape the future of this service.

District Enforcement currently has powers 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.

To date, District Enforcement has issued more than 3,000 fixed penalty notices for littering and 65 for dog fouling.

Enforcement Officers receive intensive training and ongoing professional development to maintain high standards. They also wear Body Cameras to capture interactions between Officers and members of the public.

You can find more information about District Enforcement and the Council’s policy of issuing Fixed Penalty Notices by visiting our Enforcement and Wardens page where you will also find a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

The consultation is now live and will be open for the public to share their views until midnight on Sunday 11th July 2021.

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 28, 2021