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Seven fined in one hour in Carlisle city centre litter clampdown

A blitz on litter louts saw seven fixed penalty notices given out in just one hour in Carlisle city centre.

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Carlisle city centre

The city council’s Labour administration has cited the clampdown – on September 18 – as evidence of its tough stance against littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling.

Councillor Elsie Martlew, the environment portfolio holder, presented a report to councillors.

It says: “A team from the environmental health service went into the city centre and served fixed penalty tickets on those seen to be committing offences.

“Within one hour seven fixed penalty notices were served for littering.

“Three warning letters were sent to under-18s who were also caught littering.”

The council says it successfully brought a prosecution for fly-tipping on September 24 and has two further cases waiting to go before magistrates.

It has served eight fixed penalty notices for dog fouling since April and is pursuing a prosecution.

Mrs Martlew urged councillors to pass on information about dog owners who let their pets foul the pavement.

She said: “The [enforcement] team could do with more intelligence as far as hot spots are concerned. If any members have a problem area in their ward, it would be beneficial if they could notify the team so they can get to grips with the problem.”

Conservative Liz Mallinson was worried that irresponsible dog owners would take advantage of dark winter evenings to allow their pets to foul without risk of detection.

Mrs Martlew acknowledged the danger but said the enforcement was using every trick in the book to deter culprits.

She added: “There was an issue with fouling in a particular back lane. The enforcement team sent letters to houses in the area warning that those who were doing it could be prosecuted. On the strength of that letter the back lane has been clear for a fortnight. The threat had the desired effect.”

A fixed penalty notice for dog fouling is £80 but, where offenders refuse to pay and end up in court, magistrates can fine them up to £1,000.

Have your say

How many have been issued in total since this article ran? Go on, give us a look at the true figures councillor Martlew.

Posted by Craig on 29 November 2012 at 09:54

It never ceases to amaze me what dirty creatures human beings are. I have stopped in a couple of lay-bys lately and am quite disgusted by the type and amount of litter discarded , especially when "there is a bin just over there".

The situation is the same in towns and cities and I'm at a loss as to thee mentality of people who consciously throw their litter on the ground without a care in the world.


Posted by John on 27 November 2012 at 13:00

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