Sunday, 11 February 2007

Fixed Penalty Fines- Council Consults

Rushmoor residents, businesses and community groups are being asked for their views on Rushmoor Borough Council’s new Fixed Penalty Notices enforcement policy.

The draft policy is aimed at helping to tackle environmental offences such as littering, dog-fouling, illegal cycling on the pavement and nuisance parking.

The Council is also asking other enforcement agencies such as the Police and Hampshire County Council to have their say on the proposals.

The policy is available on the Council’s website, and anyone who would like to comment can do so online. Comments need to be received by 17th February.

The move to take tougher action on littering and other environmental crimes follows new powers given to councils by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act that now gives Rushmoor the ability to issue on the spot fines of up to £100.

Councillor Graham Tucker, Cabinet member for Safety and Regulation, said: “The enforcement powers will help the Council’s new community patrol team keep Rushmoor safe and clean. The uniformed team can be seen on patrol seven days a week from 7am to midnight, providing a reassuring presence for the residents of Rushmoor.”

The Council has already received a number of helpful comments as a result of the consultation, in particular, some about repairing vehicles on the road. The new powers mean the Council can take action when this is causing a nuisance to people who live nearby. However, initially, it would work with those involved to try and agree a way forward.

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