Gwynedd clamping down on environmental crime
In response to calls from local people, Gwynedd Council is launching a new county-wide initiative to tackle litter bugs and irresponsible dog owners.
From the new year, the Council will be increasing the level of fixed penalties issued for environmental crimes such as littering and dog fouling. This action is intended to send a clear message to those who continue to flout the law.
Along with these new enforcement measures, Gwynedd will also be working with private enforcement company Kingdom on a 12-month trial to fine the small minority of people who litter public places or who stubbornly refuse to clean up after their pets.
Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal matters, Councillor Gareth Griffith said: “As dog fouling and littering offences cause considerable distress within the community, I welcome the increased levels of fines. This demonstrates that the Council is listening to local concerns and taking a tough stance against the small minority who commit these anti-social offences.
"As the new fines will be launched in January, I would advise litterers and inconsiderate dog owners to make it their New Year’s resolution to help keep Gwynedd tidy.
“The responsible majority of people who bin their litter and clean up after their dogs have absolutely nothing to fear from the new arrangements. However, those who don’t comply should be aware that the chances of being caught and receiving an on-the-spot fine will increase significantly from January onwards.”
From 1 January 2018, the penalty for littering will rise from £75 to £100, or from £50 to £75 if paid within ten days. The maximum penalty for failing to comply with a dog control order will remain at £100, but the sum if paid within ten days will rise from £60 to £75. A number of other penalties for offences such as graffiti and fly-posting, are also rising to the same level as littering. Failure to pay a fixed penalty will automatically result in Court proceedings.
These changes, along with the 12-month trial with enforcement company, Kingdom follow calls for the Council to get tougher on people who drop litter and refuse to clean up after their dogs.
During the 12-month trial that gets underway in January, Gwynedd Council will join forces with an environmental enforcement contractor, who will bring in additional officers to boost the Council’s existing efforts to tackle littering and dog control offences.
The pilot scheme will be self-financing, with the costs of enforcement being met from the income from fixed penalty notices. Similar arrangements are already in place across a number of north Wales councils.
Members of the public who want to report environmental crime in Gwynedd can do so on the Council website: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/environment, or contact Gwynedd Council’s Street Enforcement Service directly, email: email@example.com or call 01766 771000.
PHOTOGRAPH: Councillor Gareth Griffith from Gwynedd Council with Eoin Henney and James Rowlands from Kingdom
Local people, businesses and visitors have told Gwynedd Council in surveys and consultations that they want tougher action on people who drop litter and refuse to clean up after their dogs.