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Council crackdown on environmental crime

It's time to take pride and Tidy Fenland! That's the message behind a tough new community-driven campaign that will call upon residents to help crackdown on environmental crimes.

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Fenland District Council is urging people to help identify hotspot areas for crimes such as littering, dog-fouling and fly-tipping as part of its new Tidy Fenland campaign; launching on June 1.

The intelligence will then be used to form tough enforcement patrols; with 'on the spot' fines being served on offenders.

The campaign also coincides with new antisocial behaviour powers that have come into force in Fenland to tackle dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership. Anyone caught breaching the new dog control Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will face Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £75 (£65 if paid within 21 days), or be taken to court.

The Tidy Fenland campaign comes in response to public calls for more enforcement against those blighting our environment, and will include patrols by a private company brought in to support the council's existing Street Scene service.

It will also raise awareness of the issues locally and encourage people to take greater pride in the area, while working with town and parish councils, schools and businesses to spread the message and help ensure its success.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's portfolio holder for the environment, said: "The cleansing of Fenland costs taxpayers £1,000 a day. A considerable sum when we know that 8 out of 10 people never drop litter and the majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their pets. The majority of residents are therefore paying the cost for the unacceptable behaviour of the minority.

"The Tidy Fenland campaign is being launched in response to public calls for more enforcement to tackle such environmental crimes. It also shows our determination to stamp out those crimes and take action against those whose selfishness spoils other people's enjoyment of our district."

The new campaign is hoping to build upon the success of the council's first Tidy Fenland campaign in 2011, which achieved a 58% reduction in litter in hotspot locations. It also signed up 135 businesses that pledged to help manage environmental issues near their premises, and it is hoped they will also commit to the new campaign.

Now the council is hoping local people will help it take advantage of tougher enforcement measures, by getting in touch to help identify where action is needed.

Events will also be organised throughout the area to highlight the campaign and give people a chance to have their say.

You can Tweet the council through Twitter: @FenlandCouncil, message its Facebook page or contact 01354 654321.

Article added: May 26, 2017