Fines Are On The Way For Dog Fouling

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Fines Are On The Way For Dog Fouling

A tough new crackdown on environmental crime is being launched by Cotswold District Council.

From December 1st, litterbugs and dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets will face on-the-spot fines from the authority

The Council has adopted new powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act, enabling it to issue instant penalties of £75 or more for the first time.

Offenders who fail to pay up may face prosecution, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

The clampdown is part of the Council’s ongoing Keep The Cotswolds Clean campaign to spread the message that dog fouling, throwing rubbish out of cars, dropping cigarette butts, discarding gum and dumping waste will not be tolerated.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “Our decision to adopt these powers reflects our number one priority of working towards a cleaner, greener Cotswolds.

“We live in a mostly tidy District and we want to encourage responsible dog ownership and pride in our environment.

“Many communities work with us to keep our beautiful scenery clean and we are determined to tackle speedily the selfish few who spoil it for others.

“Anyone who drops litter or allows their dogs to foul our streets should be aware that we are ready to take action.”

The new fines will come into force from December 1st, when the Council’s environmental wardens will target dog fouling and litter ‘hotspots’.

Staff will also investigate complaints from members of the public about persistent offenders.

The Council will continue with its education campaign about the consequences of dog fouling and littering. Free biodegradable ‘poop scoop’ bags, portable ashtrays and gum pouches are available from the Council offices in Cirencester and Moreton.

* Fly-tipping is also on the Council’s environmental crime hitlist. Cases are rigorously investigated in a bid to bring more offenders to justice. In the past year, two cases have been taken to court, two more are pending and a number of official warnings have been issued.

For more information on the new fixed penalties, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk

Posted : 18/11/2008 18:30:04

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