A nine month pilot programme to tackle enviro-crime such as littering, spitting, dog fouling and other antisocial behaviour has proved to be a great success for Waltham Forest Council. Undertaken in partnership with the Council’s parking enforcement partner, NSL, the initiative is benefitting from close engagement with local communities within the borough as well as a targeted approach to environmental enforcement.
Four dedicated Environmental Officers and a Team Manager from NSL have been responsible for implementing the new scheme which has resulted in over 5000 Fixed Penalty Charges (FPNs) being issued since November. NSL officers involved in the initiative wear bodycams that they turn on whenever they spot a potential perpetrator. Staff safety and professionalism is of utmost importance and recording devices such as these provide a factual record of events and have been shown to support staff in difficult situations and ensure a positive outcome for all.
The initiative to involve NSL officers in enforcing low-level enviro-crimes is also allowing the Council’s Neighbourhoods officers to focus their time on larger issues such as fly-tipping.
Nearly 80 people have now been found guilty in court for refusing to pay fixed penalty notices (FPNs) given them to them for committing offences like spitting and dropping smoking related litter in Waltham Forest. This has led to fines and court costs of nearly £23,000 over the past four months.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “To anyone caught committing an enviro-crime in Waltham Forest the choice is simple – either pay the fixed penalty notice, or end up in court with a bill running into the hundreds. The courts have found in our favour every time, so you will be punished if you don’t clean up your act.”
“These results show how serious we are about wiping out enviro-crime in Waltham Forest,” added Cllr Loakes. “We know that the majority of our residents respect the local environment and take great pride in their communities, and we won’t let a few irresponsible people ruin that for everyone else.”
For further information, please contact Luke Allen, Director of Communications, 07468 701361, or Luke.Allen@nsl.co.uk
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