More than 300 penalty notices issued in effort to clean up Derby's streets

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More than 300 fixed-penalty notices have been issued by Derby City Council for fly tipping, littering and dog fouling.

The council say its public protection officers have served 90 notices for fly-tipping, 221 for littering and six for dog fouling in the last seven months in an effort to clean up Derby’s streets.

Five fixed-penalty notices have also been issued for failure to comply with a community protection notice in relation to keeping bins off the streets.

Councillor Asaf Afzal with three public protection officers

Councillor Asaf Afzal with three public protection officers in Derby River Gardens

Anyone who fails to pay a fixed-penalty notice faces prosecution. There have so far been 22 successful convictions in court which include fines of more than £700, a custodial sentence and costs awarded in most cases.

The council says that, in the past week, a further five defendants have appeared in Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court. Three pleaded guilty, one case has been adjourned until later in the month and, in the other case, the defendant did not attend and so a warrant has been issued for their arrest.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and public protection, said: “Targeted enforcement proved to be very successful in 2017 and we are hopeful we can expand and build on that success in 2018. It has been great to have this new team working so well with our existing officers and with other agencies.

“We also need the continued to support of our communities to ensure that these early signs of progress turn into long-term improvements for our streets and neighbourhoods.”

More public protection officers, who have also been helping to manage the public space protection orders, which came into force in December, are set to be recruited in April this year.

Meanwhile, following a recent case in which a woman was fined £50 for feeding the ducks on the bank of the River Derwent, the council says more signs have been put up in Derby's River Gardens to "make it clear that feeding birds in some areas of the city is not permitted".

Anyone wishing to report an incident of fly tipping or litter should email environmental.services@derby.gov.uk or 01332 642020.

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