LEADER of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has given an update on how many Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued for littering and dog fouling between 5 December and 6 January.
At Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting (11 January), Cllr Gledhill, told councillors that 418 FPNs had been issued totalling £31,350 – which will be used to fund the enforcement service. Almost £17,000 has already been received.
Cllr Gledhill said: “This is a significant number but the message is getting out there – it is not acceptable to litter.”
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Gledhill said: “The public are telling us they are seeing a difference – the appearance of the borough has improved since the Clean it, Cut it, Fill it campaign has been in place and the enforcement officers have been patrolling Thurrock.
“As I have said before, if you deliberately litter the roads and footways of Thurrock, you will face a fine – don’t pay that fine and you will face the magistrates”
He also reminded people enforcement officers are also targeting those who do not clean up after their dogs.
Cllr Gledhill added: “Predominately, the FPNs which have been issued so far are for littering – but they are also there to tackle dog fouling.
“My message to the small percentage of dog owners who fail to clean up after their dogs is clear – these are our paths, our parks and our streets, you should not be leaving your dog’s mess in public places. Either pick it up and bin it or get a ticket..”
Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Pauline Tolson, said: “With more than 500 bins around Thurrock, there really is no excuse for spoiling our borough.
“This is a new resource dedicated to enforcing against litter and dog fouling, so we have seen a steep rise in the number of FPNs issued.
“The total fines paid already totals £16,875. Offenders are given 14 days to pay and while the scheme is still in its infancy, a large number of recent tickets are early in the process so we wouldn’t expect payment yet.
“But we are very clear, those who choose to not pay will face prosecution.”
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