Offenders face fines of up to £400 as council cracks down on fly tipping, littering and dog fouling

PUBLISHED: 11:58 17 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 17 August 2016

The council is cracking down on flytipping

The council is cracking down on flytipping

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The scheme comes in response to calls for tough action on anti-social behaviour

Littering, fly tipping and dog fouling are to be targeted by a new council clampdown following calls for tough action on these forms of anti-social behaviour.

Fixed penalty notices of £400 for fly tipping, £80 for littering and £50 for dog fouling in public areas are to be issued as a punishment, with no reduction for early payment.

Meanwhile, young offenders will have their details recorded and a warning letter will be sent to their parents or school.

A team of up to five uniformed officers will patrol areas of the borough that have been identified by residents or council staff as having a problem.

The aim will be to recover the cost of running the service through the fixed penalty notice fines. If successful, the scheme could be rolled out on a permanent basis.

Councillor Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “Last year Bexley taxpayers were forced to spend £38,000 clearing up flytipping and I know they are fed up with people dropping litter or seeing a small minority of dog owners walk off leaving their pet’s mess on the pavement.

“This pilot scheme aims to crack down on this anti-social behaviour, and hopefully save taxpayers’ money too.

“I am sure Bexley residents will support this initiative. One of the reasons Bexley is one of the best places to live in the UK is because we take pride in having a clean and tidy community and no-one wants to see it ruined by a small minority.”

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