Having clean streets and public areas is important to everyone, and Calderdale Council takes a firm stance on tackling litter and dog fouling.
The Council has successfully prosecuted two individuals in the borough for environmental offences. The cases were heard at Halifax Magistrates Court last month.
For Jamie Newburn of Halifax, not cleaning up after his dog cost him £820. He was found guilty of a dog fouling offence he committed in the town in November 2013, and was fined £200 with a £20 Victim Surcharge, plus costs of £600.
Jamie Lee Wilson of Mixenden threw a cigarette from her car in Halifax, and was found guilty of a litter offence in November 2013. She was fined £200 with a £20 Victim Surcharge. The Council was also awarded full costs of £327. The cigarette end she threw from a vehicle ended up costing her £547.
Calderdale Council works hard to tackle litter and make the borough a cleaner, safer place. We will issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 to anyone who commits these types of offence.
Staff across a range of Council services have the power to issue fines, including community wardens, park rangers and cemetery staff. If a person chooses to not pay the Fixed Penalty Notice, the case is likely to go to court, where they will decide the level of the fine.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said:
“It is a criminal offence to drop litter or not to pick up after your dog. Calderdale Council takes this matter very seriously, and the level of the fines in these two cases shows that the courts do too.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said:
“Keeping Calderdale clean and tidy is a priority for us, and we will not hesitate to take action if people litter. We live in such a picturesque area, it’s important we do all that we can to keep it looking this way.”