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Crackdown at Castlepark proves success

Posted on 2 Mar 2020

A CAMPAIGN to highlight littering and environmental crime in Castlepark – and to punish those responsible – has been a huge a success.

The four-week initiative saw a number of offenders hit with fines after the spotlight was shone on the area.

And the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team were left disappointed to discover that the mess was being left by a small minority of residents within Castlepark itself.

The team stepped up their presence after being contacted by local people fed up with rubbish being left in their community.

They carried out additional patrols over the four-week period and engaged with local residents.

During that time they found:

  • 18 incidents of fly tipping - with 12 fixed penalty notices of £200 each issued as a result of subsequent investigations
  • six invoices were created to recover costs from the alleged offenders for removal of some fly tipped waste due to the nature of the contents
  • two fixed penalty notices of £80 each were issued to dog owners failing to clean up after their dogs

Free dog fouling bags were provided to residents who requested them and areas holding large amounts of litter resulting from the recent storms were identified and arrangements put in place for a clean-up.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “One of our priorities in the new Council Plan is to make sure North Ayrshire is a vibrant, attractive and welcoming environment.

 “So we are prepared to be proactive to do whatever it takes to keep our communities as tidy as possible.

“It was, of course, very disappointing that the mess left was by a very small minority of residents of Castlepark. But the team were very visible and spoke openly to residents so hopefully we will see improvements over time.

“The action in Castlepark comes as a direct result from meetings with residents. They have had enough of people showing a complete disregard for their community. We can whole-heartedly understand their frustrations.

“Our Environmental Enforcement team have been a huge asset to the Council since being set up over three years ago. They had made a difference and there is a recognition from communities that we take environmental crime seriously.”

If you see any evidence of environmental crime across North Ayrshire, please contact North Ayrshire Council on 01292 310000.