Environmental Enforcement Service
The Role of the Environmental Enforcement Officers
The role of the Environmental Enforcement Officers is to limit the incidences of dog fouling, littering and anti-social behaviour within the County Borough.
- Signs – A variety of ‘NO FOULING’ signs can be erected depending on the nature of the site. These signs help to inform dog owners of the penalties and serve as a visual deterrent at the site of the problem. Limited numbers of smaller signs can be provided to individuals or organisations affected by this problem.
- Helpline – For more information or to report an incident to the warden contact the following number: 01978 298989 or report a problem using our online form.
- Advice on Site – The Environmental Enforcement Officers are happy to provide advice and assistance when on Patrol.
Whilst raising awareness, promoting a more responsible approach to our environment and educating youngsters are all means of reducing instances of littering and dog fouling there will always be those who refuse to alter their behaviour. The enforcement powers of the wardens enable them to prosecute individuals for littering and dog fouling. Fixed penalty notices can also be issued to offenders who are caught allowing their dogs to foul and not removing the waste or failing to dispose of their litter in a correct manner. Currently fixed penalties of £100 are routinely issued for dog fouling and £75 littering offences. The fixed penalty notices require payment to be made within 7-14 days of the notice being received to prevent further action being taken. Failure to pay can result in court procedures being taken against the offender. Dog fouling carries a maximum penalty of £1000 and littering can incur a penalty of up to £2500. The Environmental Enforcement Officers carry out frequent patrols of areas within the County Borough in order to catch offenders.
How to contact the Environmental Enforcement Officers
If you are reporting an incident it will help to have a note of the date, the time and place the incident occurred as well as a description of the offender (if known) and any other relevant information such as colour, size and breed of dog.