Posted: Thu 11th Feb 2016

41 people fined for environmental crimes

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 11th, 2016

Denbighshire County Council’s tough stance on littering in the county continues – with a further 41 people receiving fines through the courts for offences. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The council took action through the courts against 41 individuals. The court issued a total of £8,800 in fines and ordered individuals to pay £7,380 in costs (in total). The cases against a further 19 individuals were withdrawn, mostly due to the fact they had paid their fixed penalty notices prior to the court appearance. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Public Realm, said: “Our residents have told us they want to live in a clean environment and that is why we have made cleaner, tidy streets one of our main priorities in Denbighshire. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The majority of residents in our county treat the environment with complete respect and that leads to a better quality of life and improves the visual image of the area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“However, there is a minority of people that are responsible for environmental crime such as dog fouling and don’t clean the mess. Those are the people we are targeting as part of our on-going education campaign which has received support from local communities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We will not tolerate examples where people wilfully allow their dogs to foul in public. Enforcement action is very much a last resort and we will continue to be vigilant and work with communities to try and rid our communities of any kind of environmental crimes”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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