Littering, dog fouling and fly tipping costs £1,000 a day to clear in Fenland. Campaign launches to crackdown

Fenland District Council launch a campaign to crack down on environmental crimes like dog fouling an

Fenland District Council launch a campaign to crack down on environmental crimes like dog fouling and fly tipping PHOTO: Pexels - Credit: Archant

A tough new community campaign has been launched to encourage people to help crackdown on environmental crime that costs Fenland District Council £1,000 a day.

People are being asked to help identify hotspot areas for crimes like littering, dog-fouling and fly-tipping as part of the Tidy Fenland campaign, which launches tomorrow (Thursday 1).

The intelligence will then be used to form tough enforcement patrols; with ‘on the spot’ fines being served on offenders.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The cleansing of Fenland costs taxpayers £1,000 a day.

“A considerable sum when we know that eight out of 10 people never drop litter and the majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets.

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“The majority of residents are therefore paying the cost for the unacceptable behaviour of the minority.

“The Tidy Fenland campaign is being launched in response to public calls for more enforcement to tackle such environmental crimes. It also shows our determination to stamp out those crimes and take action against those whose selfishness spoils other people’s enjoyment of our district.”

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The campaign coincides with new antisocial behaviour powers that have come into force in Fenland to tackle dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership.

Anyone caught breaching the new dog control Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will face Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £75 (£65 if paid within 21 days), or be taken to court.

The Tidy Fenland campaign comes in response to public calls for more enforcement against those blighting our environment, and will include patrols by a private company brought in to support the council’s existing Street Scene service.

It will also raise awareness of the issues locally and encourage people to take greater pride in the area, while working with town and parish councils, schools and businesses to spread the message and help ensure its success.

The new campaign is hoping to build upon the success of the council’s first Tidy Fenland campaign in 2011, which achieved a 58 per cent reduction in litter in hotspot locations.

It also signed up 135 businesses that pledged to help manage environmental issues near their premises, and it is hoped they will also commit to the new campaign.

• Contact the council @FenlandCouncil on Twitter, message its Facebook page or contact 01354 654321.

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