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Consultation on penalties for environmental offences

Overview

This consultation seeks residents’ views on the amended Enforcement Policy for the Issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices for Environmental Offences. To ensure we have a robust policy to deal with enforcing penalties for environmental offences, we decided to amend the existing 2007 enforcement policy. The aim is to make it fit for purpose and incorporate current legislation.

Fixed Penalties can provide an effective and visible way of responding to low-level environmental crimes such as littering, dog fouling, fly-tipping and some waste issues. They can provide a more proportionate and cost efficient alternative to prosecuting offenders in Court.

Welsh Government guidance.

Enforcement policies differ between local authorities. Bridgend County Borough Council has previously taken an approach of educating residents and warning offenders, before issuing formal Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs). This has been effective, and most incidents have positive outcomes when resolved this way.

The amended policy:

  • includes additional penalty offences of:
    • ‘failure to comply with a public space protection order’
    • ‘failure to comply with the duty of care in respect of household waste’
  • outlines guidance relating to entering into arrangements with contractors/third parties to issue FPNs
  • incorporates an early payment discount scheme
Consultation timeline
Activity Date
Consultation period start date 10 June 2019
Consultation end date 1 September 2019

How to respond

Submit your views by completing:

Contact

Consultation and Engagement Team

Bridgend County Borough Council
Telephone: 01656 643664
Address: Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB.

Alternative formats are also available upon request.

Don’t forget you can still have your say on improving council services by joining the Citizens’ Panel.

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