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Crackdown on Penzance fly-tipping

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: September 30, 2013

Crackdown on Penzance fly-tipping

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A CONCERTED effort was made last week not only to clean up but also to encourage people to report refuse and dog-fouling incidents in a Penzance neighbourhood.

Police officers, firefighters, the town council’s enforcement officer, members of Cornwall Council’s environmental health team and senior council officers were out in force on Friday morning on the streets of the Battlefields’ area (St Mary’s, St Phillip’s Gwavas, Penlee, St Michael’s and St Dominic streets).

Local county councillor Tim Dwelly organised the event and said he was delighted with how it went.

“There has been a particular problem with fly-tipping in the Battlefields, especially in the alleys behind the terraces, and when the problem was brought to my attention I worked toward getting a focused effort to deal with the issue,” he said.

“At the same time as getting rid of fridges, sofas and quite a lot of other rubbish which should have been disposed of in wheeliebins, we went round to every house and handed out leaflets telling people what to do in the event of fly-tipping and dog-fouling.

“I’m really pleased at how it all went. The vast majority of the area’s residents do not want their neighbourhood spoiled by a tiny minority of fly-tippers.

“We encouraged everyone to do what they can to get rid of the problem by reporting incidents of fly-tipping and dog-fouling.”

Cornwall Council has a policy of zero tolerance toward such offences and there is a maximum fine of £2,500 if you are convicted.

If you see an incident of fly-tipping or dog-fouling, contact Cornwall council either by calling 0300 1234212 or e-mailing envhealthandlicensing@cornwall.gov.uk

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  • josdave  |  September 30 2013, 11:59AM

    It's about time more of these anti-social lazy irresponsible people were brought to court and given really hefty fines. The derisory punishments handed out by the courts are no deterrent at all. In many cases as with fly tipping it's cheaper to pay the fine than to dispose of it legally. Far too many areas of our towns and cities are eyesores because of these people who think acceptable to throw their litter anywhere.

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