Council team focuses on issues that matter most to residents

22 December 2015

Cheshire West and Chester Council Regulatory Services Team is increasing enforcement activity on the issues that matter most to residents.

Officers are now out in force to tackle littering and dog fouling; anyone caught committing offences will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for £75.  

The main focus is in Chester city during the run up to Christmas, but teams will also be undertaking regular patrols in Ellesmere Port, Northwich and other areas of the borough to tackle these issues.

Councillor Mark Henesy, Cabinet Member for Community and Environment, said: “We’ve listened to what residents have told us in recent consultations and our teams will be targeting the issues that people feel most strongly about: dropping littering and not picking up after your dog.

“This is not a one-off campaign, we will continue to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to thoughtless individuals who spoil the environment for everyone else.

“Fixed Penalty Notices are needed because advice and warnings are no longer working. People commit these offences either out of habit or a total disregard for their local environment.

“It’s encouraging that over the last week officers have received so many positive comments from members of the public when they are seen out and about taking action against offenders.” The increase in enforcement activity started last week and so far 16 FPNs have been issued. If full payment is not received within 28 days, court proceedings will begin 

During the summer the council successful prosecuted 12 people for littering after they failed to pay their Fixed Penalty Notice. 

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