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East Yorkshire takes action against waste nuisances
8:33am Wednesday 9th May 2012 in East Yorkshire news
MORE than 40 fines were handed out for offences such as dropping litter and dog-fouling in East Yorkshire last year.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council took action in 21 cases of fly-posting, including placards being fixed to lamp-posts and signs being put up on grass verges and roundabouts, and there were 13 littering fines, mostly relating to throwing away drinks cans.
Three dog-owners were given £75 fixed penalty notices for failing to clean up after their pet, and six more punished for allowing a dog on to “excluded land” such as playing fields and beaches. The fly-posting offences mostly involved three companies, two of which did not pay the penalty notices and were subsequently ordered to pay a total of £11,210 in fines and court costs.
Meanwhile, a car passenger caught throwing food packaging away when passers-by took pictures on their mobiles failed to pay the fixed penalty and was ordered to pay £625 by a court. Clean-up and waste disposal costs for the authority came to £5 million last year.
Nigel Leighton, the council’s director of environment and neighbourhood services, said: “Our residents are making it absolutely clear they want us to take action where we can get evidence. The message to those who litter our streets and highways, allow their dogs to foul paths and dump waste is that we will come after you.”