Ongoing fight against dog fouling and litter

Northumberland County Council's business chairman Coun Scott Dickinson.

Northumberland County Council's business chairman Coun Scott Dickinson.

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Northumberland County Council has pledged to keep cracking down on the small minority who spoil our streets and landscapes.

So far in 2016, a total of 93 fixed penalty fines of £75 have been issued for dog fouling. A further five people have been successfully prosecuted in court for allowing their dogs to foul land, resulting in fines of up to £330.

Also, 181 fixed penalty fines of £50 have been issued for littering and 28 people have been successfully prosecuted in court, resulting in fines of up to £220.

The council has also carried out a range of proactive enforcement programmes, targeting littering and dog fouling hotspots throughout Northumberland.

The council’s business chairman, Coun Scott Dickinson, said the numbers of prosecutions and fines demonstrates the ‘zero-tolerance approach’.

“Our green spaces, unspoilt beaches and rolling countryside are some of the main reasons tourists flock to Northumberland and it’s vital we do all we can to ensure it looks its best,” he added. “Tourism is a key part of our economy and we can’t let the actions of a small minority spoil an area, affect people’s quality of life or potentially affect our economy.”