Environment crime policy

Fly-tipping, graffiti and similar crimes will be dealt with zero tolerance in Bassetlaw after councillors passed a new policy.

Warning letters, fixed penalty notices, service of notice, a formal caution and prosecution will be among the action taken by Environmental Health (Neighbourhood) Service officers.

The policy was approved by Bassetlaw Council cabinet at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Councillors were pleased to see part of the policy covered household wheelie bins.

Action will be taken where householders leave their bins or waste outside, blocking or cluttering the pavement, past the designated collection day.

“The onus is on the householder to move their bin,” said Coun Mike Pugsley.

“Some action has to be taken so that bins aren’t left out seven days-a-week attracting vermin.”

The council believes that by defining what is classed as environmental crime, the penalties and the council’s approach to it, then people will be deterred from breaking the law and in turn reduce the likelihood of more serious crimes occurring.

Coun Graham Oxby was happy that there was some action taken to reduce dog fouling.

Not moving a wheelie bin could fetch a fixed penalty notice of £100 or £1,000 fine if convicted at court, while failure to remove dog faeces could land an owner with a £50 fixed penalty notice.

For dropping litter, people could be given a £75 fixed penalty notice.

Coun Puglsey said the details of the policy will be publicised so the is made aware of its details.

It will be reviewed annually and updated if required.

During the debate councillors praised the council’s emergency service workers, such as refuse collectors, for their effort during the snow. Coun Oxby said their work was “spectacular.”