Council Officers to issue Fines in bid to clean up Telford
“We plan to train 40 of our own environmental officers in all areas of dealing with environmental issues, from educating people to collating evidence against persistent offenders, issuing fixed penalty notices and, if necessary, presenting evidence in court.” Says Cllr Richard Overton.
“Our environmental officers would be out on the streets, working in neighbourhoods and with schools to teach people how to recycle properly and manage their waste better. As part of the educational approach, they would inform the public of the services the Council provides, such as our Household Recycling Centres and bulk collection services.
“In addition, the Council would target specific areas identified for having the highest number of reports of litter and fly-tipping and help people living in those areas to clean them up.
“We know it is a small minority who blight our community and if, despite our efforts to persuade them to change their ways, they persist in offending, our officers would have new powers to issue fines.
“The fines, or fixed penalty notices would range from £80 for people caught dropping litter or not clearing up after their dog, to £400 for fly-tipping.
“In the most serious of cases, offenders could end up in court where, if found guilty, the penalties would be much harsher.