Council adopts Clean Neighbourhoods powers

PUBLISHED: 20:53 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 22 October 2010

New powers to issue fines to people who drop litter and fly post were today agreed by South Norfolk councillors.

New powers to issue fines to people who drop litter and fly post were today agreed by South Norfolk councillors.

The council's cabinet was asked to approve the use of powers introduced by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 as a way of tackling environmental crime and anti-social behaviour.

It includes a range of powers available to district and parish councils to address problems such a litter, dog fouling, fly tipping and abandoned vehicles.

In the last three years the number of reported incidents of fly tipping in South Norfolk has increased from 543 in 2003/04 to 924 in 2005/06.

Funding of £20,000 for promoting waste recycling and targeting environmental crime has already been approved by the council.

Head of environmental services, David Osborne, said: “This is really the start of a fairly major initiative to improve the quality of the general environment in South Norfolk.

“There are areas of some concern. So we can get to grips with the underlying causes of environmental crime it's about encouraging the public to take responsibility for their own waste.”

Measures also include a high visibility street cleaning operation and a promotional campaign of education through leaflets and posters.

Mr Osborne said they hoped to use the fines as a last resort and they were in line with the rest of Norfolk and Suffolk, in that they were the maximum that could be set with discounts offered in some cases for early payment.

They range from £80 for dropping litter, graffiti and fly posting, reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days, to £200 for the removal of abandoned vehicles and £500 for noise from licensed premises.

Money through fines would go back to the council, but if cases went to court it would not, though costs could be awarded to the authority.

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