CDC unveils move to cut environmental crime

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CDC unveils move to cut environmental crime

Cotswold District Council is stepping up measures to reduce environmental crime and anti-social behaviour, it announced today.

The Council's Cabinet voted to implement wide-ranging powers to address issues such as fly-tipping, littering, dog fouling and abandoned vehicles under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

The Council has decided to employ two Environmental Wardens who, along with other enforcement officers, will be able to issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes, starting at £75 for general litter offences.

The new wardens will also rigorously investigate fly-tippers in a bid to bring more offenders to justice.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio holder for Development Services and the Environment, said: "This Council has taken a very robust stance on fly-tipping. By implementing this act and employing two environmental wardens for two years we will have even greater control on such issues."

Implementing the new powers and employing the two new wardens is set to cost the council £100,000 over two years, to be paid for from the Council's share of council tax paid by second home owners in the District.

Council leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: "The emphasis is on education, not enforcement, and we are keen to work in partnership with the community."

The Council is currently running a Keep The Cotswolds Clean campaign to spread the message that tossing rubbish out of cars, dropping cigarette butts, discarding gum and dumping waste will not be tolerated.

To back up the message, the council has added £25,000 to its £750,000 street cleansing budget in 2006/07 and is adding another one-off payment of £25,000 in 2007/08.

Posted : 18/01/2007 15:41:44

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