Council clamps down on environmental offenders

Darlington and Stockton Times: CLAMPDOWN: Durham County Council tackle environmental offences CLAMPDOWN: Durham County Council tackle environmental offences

MORE than 130 people paid the price for committing environmental offences in County Durham in March.

Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection team tackles issues including fly tipping, dog fouling, littering and anti-social behaviour.

In March the team issued 89 fixed penalty notices for littering, ten for dog fouling and 35 for failing to clear untidy premises when asked.

There were 13 prosecutions after people failed to pay their fines and six offenders were prosecuted for fly tipping.

Advisory letters were sent to the owners of 145 untidy properties and three went to dog owners who allowed their pets to stray.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager, said: “Such environmental offences significantly impact upon and blight our villages, towns and rural areas.”

Environment complaints should be reported to Durham County Council online at durham.gov.uk or on 03000-261000.

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10:01am Wed 21 May 14

bowwow2014 says...

the officers in my opinion dont target the obvious places. maybe dont like confrontation. my 2 children used to go to cockton hill school i live just outside oft the town and walk down to school. pleasqnt enough until you reach the walk round to the school from the surestart centre it is the worst place ever to walk especially when you are coming back with your kids. worst offenders lazy parents whose dog probably only gets out once a day to walk the 2 mins from their car or the houses they live right next to the school and they let their dogs poop going round the path when they think nobody is looking. stickers are everywhere about dog fouling new dog bins have been put up signs painted on the floor about no dog fouling but at the end of the day dogs are animals they cant read its the irresponsible owners to blame who with them having kids at the school themselves should know better. best place to hand out fouling fines for a council are always going to be near a school. i never underestimate the laziness of some people .
the officers in my opinion dont target the obvious places. maybe dont like confrontation. my 2 children used to go to cockton hill school i live just outside oft the town and walk down to school. pleasqnt enough until you reach the walk round to the school from the surestart centre it is the worst place ever to walk especially when you are coming back with your kids. worst offenders lazy parents whose dog probably only gets out once a day to walk the 2 mins from their car or the houses they live right next to the school and they let their dogs poop going round the path when they think nobody is looking. stickers are everywhere about dog fouling new dog bins have been put up signs painted on the floor about no dog fouling but at the end of the day dogs are animals they cant read its the irresponsible owners to blame who with them having kids at the school themselves should know better. best place to hand out fouling fines for a council are always going to be near a school. i never underestimate the laziness of some people . bowwow2014
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