The One Trafford Partnership who claim they take environmental crime very seriously have with the council hired Environmental officers in the Stretford and Old Trafford areas.
Uniformed Environmental Enforcement Officers from Kingdom will be issuing £80 fixed penalty notices for the following:
- Dropping litter – including items such as cigarette butts, chewing gum, fast food and other forms of litter, such as packaging.
- Dog fouling – failing to pick up after your dog or not disposing of the dog waste in the correct way.
- Urinating – if you are caught urinating in a public place.
The biggest focus will be to crack down on people who dump waste illegally, you will be issued with a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice if you:
- Fly-tip your waste – fly-tipping is illegal dumping on a site that is not licensed to accept waste. The waste may include general household rubbish, larger household items, e.g. mattresses and fridges, garden refuse or commercial waste. It is an offence that can lead to a fine of up to £20,000 or imprisonment.
If the patrols are a success, then all of Trafford will see patrols, the council say that any money they get from this will be put back into projects to help keep Trafford clean.
This may come as a surprise to many, as the areas they have chosen have constant issues with full bins full of dog poop bags etc, and in parts have bad fly tipping, it is often like this because of One Trafford themselves, yet this in some way blames the residents, although in another way it will help keep litter being thrown around to a minimum, and help prevent fly tipping.
The law says “Under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Section 18 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, it is an offence to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit litter/refuse in any place open to the air, and leave it.”
Experienced enforcement officers from Kingdom, wearing uniforms and body cameras, will carry out street patrols with the aim of catching people who are fly-tipping or littering. The aim of the enforcement patrols is to target those who choose to ignore the littering laws, which the vast majority of our residents abide by.
Anyone who receives a FPN has 14 days from the date of issue to pay it without further action being taken. If you do not pay the fine, it will result in formal prosecution proceedings and a larger fine or court conviction.
We have asked councillors and groups dealing with environmental issues in Old Trafford for comment.