PCSO's hand out litter funes
SOUTH Lakeland will see a new campaign against litterbugs, graffiti artists and dog fouling this Spring after a team of Police Community Support Officers learned how to issue fixed penalty notices at a special training session.
A half-day training course was held at Kendal Town Hall earlier this month to introduce new rules and procedures to the PCSO's who will be enforcing the regulations on behalf of South Lakeland District Council.
It follows the introduction by the Government of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act last year which gives local authorities new powers to take action against a range of anti-social behaviours such as graffiti, dog fouling, abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping and litter.
In a joint partnership, PCSO's throughout the South Lakeland area, and three environmental health officers from South Lakeland District Council will be in charge of enforcement across the district. The area includes the stunning scenery of the northern Yorkshire Dales and market towns such as Kirkby Lonsdale.
Councillor Brenda Woof, South Lakeland's environment member, said: "The council is pleased to be working in partnership with the police to enforce this new legislation which will create a cleaner and safer environment for the whole community".
The link up between the police and council also means that new technology will be used to log complaints from residents and community groups so that "hotspots" for particular problems can be identified and action taken.
environmental issues like dog fouling and litter are among residents' greatest concerns
Sgt Ken Jewell - Kendal Police
The on-the-spot fines carry a maximum penalty of £75 and SLDC wants as many members of the public to be aware of the new legislation and act accordingly, rather than being penalised.
Sgt Ken Jewell of Kendal Police added: "Numerous community surveys across the area which have been conducted by community constables and through the street safe programme have highlighted that environmental issues like dog fouling and litter are among residents' greatest concerns.
"This joint working initiative will assist us to tackle those concerns and we would urge residents to report incidents to the SLDC reporting line 0845 050 4434 or speak to your area police community support officer."