Fixed penalties suggest Wisbech is number one Fenland town for dog fouling, litter and illegal parking

A man gets issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice in Wisbech for dropping litter (left), and enforcement

A man gets issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice in Wisbech for dropping litter (left), and enforcement officers on patrol in Wisbech town centre. PHOTOS: Fenland District Council - Credit: Archant

Wisbech is by far the worst offending town in Fenland for dog fouling, litter and illegal parking, according to figures released by the district council.

A report by cabinet members Peter Murphy and David Oliver details the number of fixed penalty tickets issued since Kingdom Services Enforcement were hired to deal with the issues.

The councillors will tell colleagues that during July enforcement patrols issued 77 tickets in Wisbech, 22 in March, one in Whittlesey and none in Chatteris.

Their report, which covers to mid August, shows that since June when Kingdom was appointed the total number of tickets issued is 344.

Anyone caught breaching the council’s new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control, which includes dog fouling, has been served with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £75 (£65 if paid within 21 days).

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Other FPNs have been issued for cigarette litter and dropping food, sweet wrappers, bottles and cans.

The council report says that throughout July enforcement teams spent 151 hours in Wisbech, 79 in March and 30 in Chatteris and Whittlesey.

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“To make the payment process easier members of the public can now pay by cash in the shops via online payment machines as well as paying over the phone or via the internet,” says the report.

“We are now moving into our next phase of the campaign which is to work with businesses as part of our voluntary code of practice.”

Other enforcement includes 10 tickets for parking offences on March market and a fixed penalty notice for fly tipping.

Their report also outlines that in one month, July, council officers dealt with:

52 street cleaning issues ranging from excess toilets to syringes and human waste

29 abandoned vehicles and 25 nuisance vehicles – of which three were removed

Removal of 18 fly posters

The report also updates councillors on fly tipping and said that in July there were 152 reported incidents – 57 in Wisbech, 48 in the villages, 22 in March, 13 in Whittlesey and 12 in March.

Cllr Murphy said: “As a council we have tried many ways to tackle environmental crime, but the problem has continued. It not only blights our towns and villages, and spoils people’s enjoyment of our district, but the cleansing of Fenland costs taxpayers £1,000 a day.

“Tidy Fenland is a much tougher approach to the issue. The public has asked for more enforcement against those responsible and the campaign is helping us to deliver that.”

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