It’s been one year since Derby City Council introduced a new team of Public Protection Officers (PPO’s) and began work in designated hot spot zones in the city to help tackle fly tipping, littering, dog fouling, bins on streets and other public nuisance offences.
In that year over 600 Fixed Penalty notices have been issued and 126 successful prosecutions with a range of fines from £40 – £716. In total around £58,000 has been paid in fines and court costs awarded to the Council. This money is fed back into the Community Protection budgets to supplement the scheme.
The team of experienced PPO’s seconded from Nottingham City Council and supported by Environmental Protection officers, Neighbourhood Officers and Streetpride Officers have been making a real difference and helping clean up the streets of Derby. As well as the FPN’s the team have now issued over 2200 s46 bins on street notices and visited over 1200 reports of fly tipping.
A lot has changed since July 2017. The hot spot zones have been expanded. A Public Space Protection Order has been introduced for the city centre and recently four new officers have started with the team bringing the team to nine.
On the anniversary the team revisited Reeves Rd where the operation began to see the difference one year on and to talk to residents about how they have engaged in making changes in their community.
Lead Officer Wayne Hobbs said:
“We have been working with residents and landlords to make sure they understand where they stand legally on fly-tipping, littering and allowing their wheelie bin to block the streets.
“We advised them that they should be keeping alleyways between houses clear of rubbish to allow the bins to be put away and where mobility problems are an issue, made sure that these people are exempted.
“Having more officers means we can cover bigger areas but also can be reactive to reports of rubbish nuisance such as fly-tipping. We have moved over to Abbey now because we have been informed there is a particular problem there currently. But it doesn’t mean we won’t be re-visiting existing areas from time to time.”
Plans are now being drawn up to expand the service. We are looking at dealing with issues of fly posting, graffiti and potentially the distribution of free literature as well.
Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said:
“What we’ve been able to show this year is that targeted enforcement activity can make a real difference. To help us build on the success of this first year, we need the continued support of our communities to ensure that this progress turns into long-term improvements for our streets and neighbourhoods.”