New proposals to deter people from blighting the borough

Published October 3, 2018 at 9:38

Rossendale Council could bring in a private company to crack down on littering, flytipping and dog fouling.

A proposed 12-month trial would allow private enforcement officers from the firm District Enforcement to issue on-the-spot fines across the borough for the offences.

Two dedicated officers would patrol the borough’s streets and parks seven days a week, targeting hot-spots identified by the council. Additional patrols could also be brought in if necessary.

The move would not cost council taxpayers’ anything as the proposed service model would see District Enforcement retaining any income from the fixed penalty notices it issues. It would also carry out the administration and take any court action.

The proposal will go to the cabinet meeting on October 10. If approved, the trial could start in the New Year.

The enforcement officers could also issue fines for duty of care offences, where people use unlicensed companies to dispose of their waste illegally.

Councillor Jackie Oakes, portfolio holder for operations, said:

“Dropping litter, flytipping and dog fouling blights local communities and it costs council taxpayers’ money to clear up after those who are responsible.

“We already have the power to issue fixed penalty notices for these offences but unfortunately we just do not have the capacity to carry out patrols as often as we would like.

“Private enforcement officers have been used in other areas and we hope that having them on our streets and in our parks, day in and day out, will deter irresponsible people.

“It is part of a series of measures we are considering to help make the borough a cleaner, greener and more pleasant place for everyone to enjoy.”

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