Fines for littering and dog offences will increase

An South Ribble enforcement officer speaks to a member of the public
An South Ribble enforcement officer speaks to a member of the public

Fines for littering, dog fouling and overflowing wheelie bins will increase in April.

South Ribble Council has agreed to up its Fixed Penalty Notice charges for people caught making a mess in the borough.

Littering offences, which can result in a £50 fine at the moment, will cost the culprits £80 from next month – the maximum a council is allowed to set the charge at.

Dog Control Order offences, which include letting dogs off leads in certain places, not cleaning up after fouling, or allowing pets to enter ‘dog ban zones’, is also set to increase to the maximum £80, from the current £75 charge.

Coun Peter Mullineux, cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “We take a tough stance on environmental crime in South Ribble and last year alone we issued more than 280 Fixed Penalty Notices for everything from dog fouling to fly tipping and graffiti.

“It is important that our residents are aware of the changes and the charges they may face if they break the rules.

“We will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to environmental crimes in a bid to keep South Ribble clean, green and safe.”

At the start of this year changes were brought in to extend the rules on dogs and as a result, a review of charges for environmental offences took place – which was previously looked at back in 2009.

Last year, 19 successful prosecutions were taken by the council for environmental crime offences.

The full year income from that was £14,150, and the increase in charges means that if a similar amount of prosecutions take place this year, the council will get £15,200.

Also set to result in a higher charge are offences in relation to wheelie bins, such as overflowing bins or leaving bags of rubbish nearby, which will increase from £75 to £80.