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Getting tough on litter
« on: April 08, 2009, 10:22:15 am »
Welwyn Hatfield Council has introduced Fixed Penalty Notices in an effort to get tough with those who drop litter, fly tip, let their dogs foul in public places and a host of other 'environmental offences'.

The following is the text from a news release sent to this site. The image below shows the categories and fines.




Getting tough to get clean and green

Individuals and businesses that persistently commit environmental offences will now face stricter enforcement, including Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), following the approval of a revised schedule of such offences at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 7 April.

“Tackling environmental issues in Welwyn Hatfield is a council priority.  Enforcement against offenders is being increased in 2009 to ensure our borough is cleaner, greener and a more pleasant environment for our residents and visitors.  The council hopes that the penalties will act as a deterrent to persistent offenders and a warning, that environmental misdemeanours will not be tolerated.” said Councillor Clare Berry, Executive Member for Environment and Community.

The environmental enforcement strategy was introduced by the council in March 2007.  Council officers are already in regular contact with individuals and businesses who commit environmental offences.  Encouragement and education has been effective in enhancing awareness of environmental responsibilities. 

However, in a bid to further discourage environmental offences in the borough, the council is increasing enforcement. In some cases FPNs may be issued immediately, or cases dealt with in court.

The council’s top priorities for enforcement in 2009 include; littering and dog fouling, presenting refuse early, fly posting, graffiti, abandoned vehicles and flytipping.

Penalties are reduced if they are paid within 14 days.  However, full amounts apply if offenders do not pay within 14 days.  Officers will be able to issue penalties, which vary from £45 (for example; littering), up to £300 for businesses who fail to ensure they take appropriate responsibility for their waste.

ENDS/PR/09/43

Notes:

The legislation cited in the amended schedule is as follows:

•   Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (CNEA) 2005
•   Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990
•   Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978
•   Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003
•   Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989
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