A new team of officers have now issued almost 200 Fixed Penalty Notices, nearly 1500 s46 notices (keeping bins off the street) and instigated more than 20 prosecutions of those refusing to pay since they began work in July.
The team of experienced Public Protection Officers seconded from Nottingham City Council and supported by Environmental Protection officers, Neighbourhood Officers and Streetpride Officers have been cleaning up the streets of Derby with great success.
The work has been so successful that the in September the Cabinet approved the expansion of work to a further three ‘hotspot’ areas.
We asked Wayne Hobbs , Senior Community Protection Officer Environmental Protection, for some of the success stories over the past few months.
“Crewe Street and Violet Street have been a hot spot for fly tippers for a long time with plenty of resident dissatisfaction and high profile media attention. However we managed to investigate two fly tips recently which involved taking statements, consulting with the local community and plain clothes reconnaissance operations.
“Both investigations pointed toward a household in the vicinity and under caution two people were fined under section 33 (flytipping). So far we’ve not seen the same volumes of waste since our intervention.”
Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said:
“The Council recognises that having great places in which to live, work and play is very important to our residents and so in response to requests from the public, waste enforcement has been made a priority and been included in the Council Leadership 50 Pledges.
“Our resources are stretched more thinly than ever, but we’ve shown that targeted enforcement activity can make a real difference. If we’re to capitalise on these initial successes, we need the continued support of our communities to ensure that these early signs of progress turn into long-term improvements for our streets and neighbourhoods.
“It’s our aim to engage and enable residents to work together to keep their streets clean. So if you have ideas about how you and your neighbours could help, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.”
In addition to our work in Derby, nationally there has been a new focus on littering too. Recently Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey announced that maximum on-the-spot fines for dropping litter will almost double from April next year – from the current limit of £80 to £150. The minimum fine will increase from £50 to £65, while the default fine will increase from £75 to £100. Cleaning up our streets and countryside currently costs the taxpayer almost £800 million a year and so the new penalty will be introduced to deter and punish the anti-social minority who continue to drop rubbish.
In future councils will also be able to impose these fines on the owners of vehicles from which litter is thrown, even if it was discarded by someone else. The government is clear these fines should not be abused simply as a means of raising money, so guidance on how fines should be applied will be issued to councils.
If you want to report an incident of fly tipping or litter then contact firstname.lastname@example.org