Torpoint Town Council takes action to address dog-fouling, littering and fly-tipping in the community.
PATROLS are being stepped up on Torpoint’s streets and open spaces in a bid to reduce incidents of environmental crimes such as dog-fouling, littering and fly-tipping.
The increased patrols form part of Torpoint’s new enforcement programme which is currently focusing on the age-old issue of uncleared dog-fouling and tackling irresponsible dog owners, who fail to clean up after their pets. In addition, the Enforcement Officer will be on the look out for incidences of littering and fly-tipping, which blights communities and poses a risk to human and animal health.
Not only will the Enforcement Officer be looking out for those people who fail to pick up after their dogs, he can issue a penalty notice. Anyone who is caught allowing their dog to foul in a public place will be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £80 (reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days) or prosecution where if found guilty would face a maximum fine of £1000. Fly-tipping carries a hefty fine and an offender can even be sent to prison.
To catch the offenders, Cornwall Council need the public's help so they are encouraging them to come forward with information such as times, dates, and in the case of dog-fouling, a description of dogs etc.
Mayor Mike Pearn MBE said, “We understand the large majority of the community do the right thing, but we are consistently hearing of streets and parks that are affected by dog mess and litter, and side streets with discarded sacks of rubbish, TVs and sofas. As a Town Council we have listened to the concerns of the community and acted up on them by introducing a Dog-Fouling and Litter Enforcement Officer.” He added, “We will endeavour to enforce the law against those who continue to let the rest of us down, and do what we can to address the real concerns of the residents of Torpoint”.
Members of the public can submit a report of irresponsible dog ownership to the council at any time, giving as much information as possible. In nearly all cases the witness will remain anonymous whilst action can be taken against the offenders. Call 0300 1234 212 for more information or go online at http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/animal-welfare/dog-welfare-and-enforcement-service/dog-fouling/
Residents are also encouraged to attend Cornwall Council’s Free dog micro chipping event on 28 May at Torpoint Fire Station, 9am – 12pm. Dog micro chipping will be a legal requirement from 6 April 2016, and this is a perfect opportunity to carry out this essential task.
Cornwall Council provides a Bulky Waste collection of four items for £22. Collections can be arranged by telephoning 0300 1234 141 or online at https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/bulky-waste-collections/standard-bulky-waste-items/
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