Fines for environmental crime
The council is set to issue fines for a raft of littering offences including dropping cigarette ends and used chewing gum. The new measures come into effect next month.
Welwyn Hatfield Council (WHC) says it will be taking action against people who commit what the authority calls environmental crimes following the introduction of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act .
Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) could be issued to anyone older than 10, with £50 fines for most offences rising to £100 for noise-related offences.
Offences include fly-tipping, abandoning vehicles, littering (which includes smoking related materials and chewing gum), not clearing up dog mess, abandoning shopping trolleys, fly-posting, graffiti and noise offences.
The council says that from April, specially trained council officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and street wardens will be able to issue FPNs to people who commit environmental offences.
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March 15, 2007