Uniformed Environmental Enforcement Officers will be patrolling across the district and will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices for the following:
Dropping litter – including items such as cigarette butts, chewing gum, fast food and other forms of litter such as packaging. The offence of littering also, covers spitting and urinating in public.
Dog Fouling – currently under the PSPO – failing to pick up after your dog or not disposing of the dog waste in the correct way.
Dropping litter, not cleaning up after your dog and flytipping are all offences that are illegal and impact on the look of the community and enjoyment of others. The council has run several campaigns over the years targeting environmental crimes using press releases, posters and advertising. We continue to promote our education campaign and work jointly with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Clean Kent and Keep Britain Tidy. Unfortunately publicity alone is not effective enough so the council are combining this with enforcement. The aim of the enforcement patrols is to target those who choose to ignore the littering laws which the vast majority abide by.
Fly-tipping – depositing of any waste onto land without permission
Breach of Community Protection Notice – is slightly different, in that it is specific to an individual who will have already received a warning and a notice setting out what it is they are expected to do to remedy the situation. A Fixed Penalty Notice will only be issued if these previous requests have not been complied with.
Breach of Public Space Protection Order – This Order comes into force on the 25 October 2017 for a period of three years. This covers a range of offences including; Failure to remove faeces from land, failing to comply with a direction given to them by an authorised officer to put and keep a dog on a lead, failing to keep a dog on a lead on land during a period in the schedule in a specified location, failing to carry suitable dog faeces receptacle, allowing a dog to enter an area within a dog exclusion area.
More information about the PSPO is available here
Streetscene Enforcement send out a various number of notices in relation to environmental crime offences, failure to comply to these notices result in Fixed penalty Notices being issued. These include but are not limited to;
Failure to comply with a waste receptacles notice. Section 46 Environmental protection Act 1990
Failure to produce waste documents. Section 34 (5) Environmental Protection act 1990
Failure to produce authority to transport waste.Section 5/5B Control of pollution act 1989
Abandoned vehicles.Section 2 The Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978