From March 1st litter and dog fouling enforcement officers will work across Bath and North East Somerset and will issue Fixed Penalty Notices to people who deliberately litter streets, parks and public places.
Last July the Council adopted the maximum £150 Fixed Penalty Notice FPN for dropping litter, including cigarette ends and people, caught on camera, throwing litter from vehicles. Anyone caught fly-tipping in the area can be issued with a FPN up to £400.
Under a 12-month agreement, which is at zero cost to the council, 3GS enforcement officers will work from 7.00am to 7.00pm seven days a week. Any funds received above cost will be passed on to the council or used by 3GS for promotional campaigns such as billboard advertising to promote good conduct and warn of the implications of littering.
Councillor Bob Goodman said: “We want to be firm but fair and we have been assured by 3GS that the enforcement officers will be proportionate in the way they go about this task. However, the message is clear, please don’t drop litter and dump waste otherwise you risk a hefty Fixed Penalty Fine.
“This pilot scheme with enforcement officers will be monitored carefully, and we will listen to local views and do what’s best to keep our area clean and tidy at no extra cost to the council,” he said.