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Weston-super-Mare litter patrols hand out nearly 60 fines in a week Bath City News

Nearly 60 people have been fined in Weston-super-Mare for throwing trash in a week – as law enforcement officials take to the streets.

North Somerset Council has brought in a new company – Local Authority Support – to tackle issues such as litter, dog fouling and breaching the council’s public space protection orders.

Last week, 62 fines were imposed across the district, including 59 in Weston-super-Mare.

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A total of 56 people were fined for littering in the city center, parks and along the waterfront.

Three other people were fined for walking their dogs along the waterfront without a leash.

One person has been fined in Weston for urinating in a public place.

Two rubbish fines were imposed on Clevedon and one on Nailsea.

The council called on the company – part of the Kingdom Services group – to deliver “cleaner, greener streets” in April.

This follows a consultation that revealed a “real appetite” for more severe action on litter, dog dirt and fly spills.

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The arrangement, which will see eight officers take to the streets of North Somerset, will be put on trial for a year.

Until now, agents have only worked Monday through Friday.

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But now that they’re full, patrols are due to start on Saturdays and Sundays this weekend – as school holidays begin.

City Councilor Mike Solomon, Executive Member of the North Somerset Council for Neighborhoods, said: “The fines send the house a strong message that offenses like littering will not be tolerated.

“Patrols will also be deployed over the weekend, so we expect the number of fines to increase.

“The majority of the fines have been imposed on Weston-super-Mare and we will be focusing on this area in the coming weeks as the school holidays and busy summer season begin.

“There will be officers throughout the district in the coming weeks. “

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Source: www.somersetlive.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-07-20 12:28:03

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