Fly Tipping Will Not Be Tolerated

Mid Devon District Council's Environmental Enforcement Officers will continue with their zero tolerance approach to tackling environmental crimes in the district in 2013. 

On 11 December, a 33 year old Tiverton man attended Exeter Magistrates Court after a large quantity of tarmac was found in an open space next to the river Exe in Tiverton. 

He pleaded guilty to the offence of fly tipping, was fined £400, with £250 costs, and a £15 victim surcharge. 

In 2012, 48 fixed penalty notices were issued by the Council for offences such a dog fouling, litter and smoking in a smoke-free area. 

Three of these notices were not paid and resulted in court appearances, with fines and costs of nearly £900 awarded. 

Paul Williams, Head of Environmental Services, said: "Anti-social behaviour and lack of respect for the environment is not acceptable. 

"The Council will continue to take this tough stance in regard to these offences and the Magistrates clearly support our approach to tackling environmental crimes." 

Additionally, with the introduction of the new Dog Control Orders in December, Enforcement Officers will be stepping up patrols in the 

District's parks to ensure all dogs are kept on leads in accordance with the bylaws which are in place. 

Failing to keep your dog on a lead when specified will result in a prosecution with a fine of up to £1000.