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Busy year for council's enforcement team

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ENFORCEMENT officers at Copeland Council dealt with 900 call-outs over the past 12 months, new figures reveal.

Of the total incidents that were investigated by council officers, there were 321 reports of fly-tipping, 85 calls about dog barking problems and 110 allegations of anti-social behaviour.

The team also dealt with 100 reports of stray dogs in the borough, of which 48 were collected and looked after by the council’s kennelling service.

The figures, which run from April 2016 to March 2017, also reveal that the council issued 31 fixed penalty notices; seven for littering, 15 for dog-fouling and nine for fly-tipping.

Additionally the team used powers under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to resolve a range of environmental nuisance issues, including accumulation of litter and refuse in gardens or yards, barking dogs and for burning rubbish. Twenty-five formal written warning letters were issued.

Councillor Mark Holliday, Portfolio Holder for Enforcement, said: “Our problems in terms of enforcement issues are comparatively low, but the episodes we do get affect people’s enjoyment of their home and neighbourhoods.

“As these figures illustrate, we take action on all reports received and don’t hesitate to use our enforcement powers if they are necessary.

“We live in a beautiful part of the world and everyone should respect it, and the minority who don’t leave themselves open to legal action.”

To report an incident to Copeland Council, telephone 01946 598300 or email info@copeland.gov.uk.

** Residents are also asked to note that the recycling bins at Ravenglass car park have been temporarily moved to another part of the car park to accommodate improvement work. A clothes recycle bank on the same site is also set to be temporarily relocated next week. Copeland Council extends its thanks to the Lake District National Park Authority for allowing the car park to be used to house the recycling bins.

Published: 26 May 2017 - 2:44pm