More than 250 people fined in County Durham for dog fouling and littering

The Northern Echo: Neighbourhood wardens from Durham County Council issued more than £250 penalty notices in April and May for environmental offences Neighbourhood wardens from Durham County Council issued more than £250 penalty notices in April and May for environmental offences

MORE than 250 people have paid the price for dog fouling, dropping litter or not clearing rubbish from their yards in the last two months.

Neighbourhood wardens in County Durham issued them with £80 fixed penalty notices in April and May in enforcement action to protect the environment.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager, Durham County Council, said: “It is really important that we respond to the concerns of our communities and this action shows that such anti-social and irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated and will be clamped down wherever it is reported or witnessed.

“This covers everything from people who illegally dump waste, do not clean up after their dogs, leave litter or refuse to tidy up gardens and yards

“We want residents to continue playing their important part by reporting such incidents to us in the first place.

“All reports are treated with the strictest confidence.”

Figures for the two months show wardens issued 207 fixed penalty notices for littering, 48 for failing to respond to requests to clear untidy gardens or yards and 17 for dog fouling.

One case of fly-tipping resulted in a prosecution.

Stray dogs with micro-chips were traced to their owners and others were taken to kennels and found new homes if not claimed within 14 days.

Anyone with information about dog fouling, littering and flytipping can report it in confidence by ringing 03000-261000 or using online forms available from www.durham.gov.uk

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:54pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Rover13 says...

If you prosecute travellers, your target will be met in 1day, but you wouldn't dare would you.
If you prosecute travellers, your target will be met in 1day, but you wouldn't dare would you. Rover13
  • Score: 14

4:04pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Mr A says...

17 people fined for dog fouling in the whole of County Durham???

Are you having a laugh! 17!!!

Are the wardens paid by the number they catch?

Pathetic waste of time and money.
17 people fined for dog fouling in the whole of County Durham??? Are you having a laugh! 17!!! Are the wardens paid by the number they catch? Pathetic waste of time and money. Mr A
  • Score: 14

5:56pm Fri 13 Jun 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

Rover13 wrote:
If you prosecute travellers, your target will be met in 1day, but you wouldn't dare would you.
What a refreshing and totally unexpected remark
[quote][p][bold]Rover13[/bold] wrote: If you prosecute travellers, your target will be met in 1day, but you wouldn't dare would you.[/p][/quote]What a refreshing and totally unexpected remark OldBiddyFrom Barney
  • Score: -4

9:23pm Fri 13 Jun 14

DURHAM CITY says...

more still needs doing to tackle these issues its a joke
more still needs doing to tackle these issues its a joke DURHAM CITY
  • Score: 9

9:29pm Fri 13 Jun 14

blaze467 says...

At least a few of these dirty ones have been fined.
At least a few of these dirty ones have been fined. blaze467
  • Score: 6

11:01pm Fri 13 Jun 14

smiler03 says...

"One case of fly-tipping resulted in a prosecution."

One?? In the whole of County Durham in two months??

I can name a 200 yard long lane that gets fly-tipped at least once a week.

Put the enforcers on a performance related pay scale. Oh,maybe not, £6.31 per 2 months is below the minimum wage.
"One case of fly-tipping resulted in a prosecution." One?? In the whole of County Durham in two months?? I can name a 200 yard long lane that gets fly-tipped at least once a week. Put the enforcers on a performance related pay scale. Oh,maybe not, £6.31 per 2 months is below the minimum wage. smiler03
  • Score: 3

9:13am Sat 14 Jun 14

Easington2014 says...

Current population of County Durham is 513,000 so 250 represents 0.048%. This has got to be a joke!! These are disgusting results, no wonder there is so much dog waste, litter and general dumping all over the place!
Current population of County Durham is 513,000 so 250 represents 0.048%. This has got to be a joke!! These are disgusting results, no wonder there is so much dog waste, litter and general dumping all over the place! Easington2014
  • Score: 3

10:31am Sat 14 Jun 14

punkrocker says...

how many were travellers. being a betting man I would say none. council just like the fuzz frightened.
how many were travellers. being a betting man I would say none. council just like the fuzz frightened. punkrocker
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Boris14 says...

What do people expect with council cuts they can't be in every part of the county dealing with every dog fouling, fly tipping, littering, rubbish in private and council properties, stray dogs, loose horses, anti social behaviour and travel related etc etc. Im sure Stockton is no different to county Durham fly tipping is a major issue but extremely difficult to catch those responsible, with council budgets tight it can be difficult to invest in convert cctv etc. Dog fouling is a nightmare carry out investigations and patrols on streets where people don't want to get involved due to fear of repercussions. Granted counils dont always help themselves with how money is invested and the ridiculous decisions that are made but to say that enforcement officers/ warden's need to do more isn't always fair, direct concerns to the top rather than those who come to work and do what they are told and get all the grief from all directions.
What do people expect with council cuts they can't be in every part of the county dealing with every dog fouling, fly tipping, littering, rubbish in private and council properties, stray dogs, loose horses, anti social behaviour and travel related etc etc. Im sure Stockton is no different to county Durham fly tipping is a major issue but extremely difficult to catch those responsible, with council budgets tight it can be difficult to invest in convert cctv etc. Dog fouling is a nightmare carry out investigations and patrols on streets where people don't want to get involved due to fear of repercussions. Granted counils dont always help themselves with how money is invested and the ridiculous decisions that are made but to say that enforcement officers/ warden's need to do more isn't always fair, direct concerns to the top rather than those who come to work and do what they are told and get all the grief from all directions. Boris14
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree