Council issues more than 100 fines across County Durham for crimes like dog fouling and flytipping

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A CRACKDOWN on offences such as dog fouling and flytipping in County Durham has seen more than 100 fixed penalty notices issued.

Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection team which tackles environmental crimes issued 107 fines during November.

Seventy-nine of these were given for littering while two were handed out to residents who failed to clear up their dog’s waste.

A further 26 were issued to people who failed to comply with a litter clearing notice.

The council later prosecuted two of those residents at magistrates’ courts for non-payment of their fixed penalty notices given for littering.

The team also investigated 171 incidents of flytipping and it issued 118 advisory letters and 32 litter clearing notices during November.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager at the council, said: “County Durham is a beautiful place and we, along with the majority of people who live here, want to keep it that way.

“Environmental crimes like littering, dog fouling and flytipping blight our communities and they are a real concern to residents.

“We urge anyone with information about such incidents and those responsible to report it to us so that we can investigate and take action.”

Anyone wishing to report an environmental crime should contact the county council’s neighbourhood protection team on 03000-261000.

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1:25pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Homshaw1 says...

107 fines in a month comes nowhere near to reflecting the size of the problem. One council official could easily catch that many people in a week
107 fines in a month comes nowhere near to reflecting the size of the problem. One council official could easily catch that many people in a week Homshaw1

10:26pm Fri 27 Dec 13

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

Only one fine for someone not cleaning up after their dog.

Where is all the dog sh1t coming from then?

Could it be that the council are too lazy to do anything about these problems? I as a single person would have more success in handing out fines. And the council has an army of bone idle lazy people who are supposed to do this for a living.

A sorry excuse im afraid. DBC. You really must do better by the citizens who pay your bloody wages!
Only one fine for someone not cleaning up after their dog. Where is all the dog sh1t coming from then? Could it be that the council are too lazy to do anything about these problems? I as a single person would have more success in handing out fines. And the council has an army of bone idle lazy people who are supposed to do this for a living. A sorry excuse im afraid. DBC. You really must do better by the citizens who pay your bloody wages! thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

12:52am Sat 28 Dec 13

Boris14 says...

TThey can't be on every street corner at every minute of the day and they act upon the information that the public provide.
TThey can't be on every street corner at every minute of the day and they act upon the information that the public provide. Boris14

9:58am Sat 28 Dec 13

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

Boris14 wrote:
TThey can't be on every street corner at every minute of the day and they act upon the information that the public provide.
They don't need you making excuses for them. They're more than adept at that themselves. You must think they're performing well regarding these issues do you? Complete rubbish!
[quote][p][bold]Boris14[/bold] wrote: TThey can't be on every street corner at every minute of the day and they act upon the information that the public provide.[/p][/quote]They don't need you making excuses for them. They're more than adept at that themselves. You must think they're performing well regarding these issues do you? Complete rubbish! thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

10:53am Sat 28 Dec 13

bishop1 says...

put them on a bonus for every dog **** fine they issue , see how many they catch then .
put them on a bonus for every dog **** fine they issue , see how many they catch then . bishop1

1:55pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Boris14 says...

Not making excuses like, every employer has those who perform better than others. All im saying is it is not as straight forward as people think. I know that from speaking to the warden's who cover Howden le wear and as I have worked in a similar role in Stockton therefore I have experience and as so i do appreciate the difficulties when dealing with various environmental issues. There are 50 wardens for dcc some of which are funded for by Stanley town council who only cover that area, others cover the rest of the county. As you can appreciate that is as huge area and as I have mentioned on various similar articles psco's have the power to issue notices for littering and dog fouling as well. Wardens have also have to deal with fly tipping which isn't the easiest environmental crime to deal with as it is difficult to catch those responsible. They also deal with stray and often dangerous dogs with takes time to transport and fill out paperwork. They can be sent on jobs by the police such as low level asb, off road motobikes etc etc. Services have to adapt when budgets are cut if your fortunate to keep your job you take on more responsibility for less pay and staff are spread more thinly which mans yhey have to become more reactive than proactive. When I worked over Stockton every dog fouling complaint we had to door knocks then to be told that there is either no issue or they know whos responsible but are not willing to say. You have to go off the information your provided with and its not always as straight forward as you think.
Not making excuses like, every employer has those who perform better than others. All im saying is it is not as straight forward as people think. I know that from speaking to the warden's who cover Howden le wear and as I have worked in a similar role in Stockton therefore I have experience and as so i do appreciate the difficulties when dealing with various environmental issues. There are 50 wardens for dcc some of which are funded for by Stanley town council who only cover that area, others cover the rest of the county. As you can appreciate that is as huge area and as I have mentioned on various similar articles psco's have the power to issue notices for littering and dog fouling as well. Wardens have also have to deal with fly tipping which isn't the easiest environmental crime to deal with as it is difficult to catch those responsible. They also deal with stray and often dangerous dogs with takes time to transport and fill out paperwork. They can be sent on jobs by the police such as low level asb, off road motobikes etc etc. Services have to adapt when budgets are cut if your fortunate to keep your job you take on more responsibility for less pay and staff are spread more thinly which mans yhey have to become more reactive than proactive. When I worked over Stockton every dog fouling complaint we had to door knocks then to be told that there is either no issue or they know whos responsible but are not willing to say. You have to go off the information your provided with and its not always as straight forward as you think. Boris14

9:47am Mon 30 Dec 13

budgiegirl says...

They should come to my next door neighbours yard....a lovely sight greets me everytime I open my kitchen door....
They should come to my next door neighbours yard....a lovely sight greets me everytime I open my kitchen door.... budgiegirl

6:01pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Boris14 says...

When i spoke to the wardens at howden pact i made a note of they shirts which they work on a rotar basis mon-thur 9-8 fri 11-10 and sat and sun 5:45-10. They do work 7-6 either on a tue and fri twice a month which is all they can do with 8 wardens covering the whole of south Durham area. Ours cover crook weardale and teesdale area. When we had dog fouling as a pact priority wardens did door knock and issued warning letters. But to be fair they have to do this for every complaint in every area they cover, if you go onto the council website there is a break down on performance for various areas. http://www.durham.go
v.uk/Pages/Service.a
spx?ServiceId=1044. Speaking from experience I know that they don't just patrol for dog fouling they have their own council jobs to do, sometimes for various other departments as well as attending jobs on behalf of the police. Its a shame that there aren't more wardens but with cutbacks I can't see this ever happening. Iike I said in a previous post tbe psco's can fine for dog fouling and littering which there are more so if there isn't a warden around at least they can ticket anyone they see.
When i spoke to the wardens at howden pact i made a note of they shirts which they work on a rotar basis mon-thur 9-8 fri 11-10 and sat and sun 5:45-10. They do work 7-6 either on a tue and fri twice a month which is all they can do with 8 wardens covering the whole of south Durham area. Ours cover crook weardale and teesdale area. When we had dog fouling as a pact priority wardens did door knock and issued warning letters. But to be fair they have to do this for every complaint in every area they cover, if you go onto the council website there is a break down on performance for various areas. http://www.durham.go v.uk/Pages/Service.a spx?ServiceId=1044. Speaking from experience I know that they don't just patrol for dog fouling they have their own council jobs to do, sometimes for various other departments as well as attending jobs on behalf of the police. Its a shame that there aren't more wardens but with cutbacks I can't see this ever happening. Iike I said in a previous post tbe psco's can fine for dog fouling and littering which there are more so if there isn't a warden around at least they can ticket anyone they see. Boris14

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