Slump in penalty notices for Keighley-district litter louts

Slump in penalty notices for Keighley-district litter louts

Slump in penalty notices for Keighley-district litter louts

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NUMBERS of fixed penalty notices issued for dumping litter in Keighley district have slumped, we can reveal.

Just 24 people have received tickets in more than two years.

But only eight of those offenders have been brought to book in the past 15 months.

There have been just two prosecutions, both resulting in the defendants being found guilty.

Bradford Council released the figures in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Keighley News.

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins said he hoped the drop was not down to a more lax approach by the local authority.

“Littering is a continuing problem in Keighley, and I am contacted regularly by residents who are understandably upset by this,” he said.

“I have neither time nor sympathy for people who drop litter, and am fully supportive of legal proceedings being taken against those who break the law. If individuals have to go to court to learn their lesson, then so be it.”

The figures show that in 2012-13, 16 fixed penalty notices were issued for littering across the six council wards Keighley Central, Keighley East, Keighley West, Bingley Rural, Craven and Worth Valley. They resulted in total payments of £475.

One person taken to court was fined £50 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £270 in costs.

In 2013-14 and the first three months of the current financial year, eight fixed penalty notices were served, with payments totalling £200. There was also one court prosecution, which resulted in a £200 fine and the payment of a £20 victim surcharge and £400 in costs.

Four fixed penalty notices – two of them issued in the first year – couldn’t be followed up because the council was unable to trace the alleged culprits, and in one case because the witness refused to provide a formal statement.

Town mayor, Coun Graham Mitchell, viewed the drop in numbers as a positive. “We have a collective responsibility to keep the town tidy,” he added.

“And where an area looks attractive, such as Town Hall Square, people tend to respect that and don’t drop litter.”

David Petyt, for Keighley in Bloom, saidthere was a minority of people who didn’t think it was their responsibility to clean-up after themselves.

But he added: "I’ve had the job for the past ten years of preceding the Yorkshire in Bloom judging party and picking up litter around the route, and this year I was amazed how clean the streets were."

"“Some of it I credit to the council for having a massive clean up for the Tour de France, which got rid of lots of old stuff.”

Coun Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment and sport, said: urges everyone to deal with their litter responsibly.

“Either take it home or use the bins provided,” he said.

“The council’s emphasis is on everyone’s responsibility to keep the streets and public places as clean and tidy as possible – not to issue penalty charge notices or take people to court – but if that is the only way to prevent persistent offenders who spoil the environment for everyone else, that is what we will do.”

Council wardens and police community support officers are empowered to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone they see dropping litter or not clearing up immediately after their dog has fouled.

Also, the council’s environmental enforcement team follows up on reports from members of the public who have witnessed littering or fouling.

Text incidents to 07786 208100 or call 01274 431000.

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7:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

misterman says...

Good news on the litter.Now lets tackle fly tipping.Becks Road area for example,baths and piles of other rubbish in the under growth.And some scumbag thinks it's OK. To throw bagged up garden rubbish mattress's and sofas into the beck.
Good news on the litter.Now lets tackle fly tipping.Becks Road area for example,baths and piles of other rubbish in the under growth.And some scumbag thinks it's OK. To throw bagged up garden rubbish mattress's and sofas into the beck. misterman
  • Score: 1

9:19pm Thu 24 Jul 14

FORTEAS says...

RUBBISH.... RUBBISH..... RUBBISH........EVERY
WHER...... ALONG NORTH. ST... KEIGHLEY.....Every bloody day, nearly, I am taking photos, and on the phone, to all different departments, yes, they say they are dealing with it.. but haven't seen ANYONE brought to justice for fly tipping..... it's a joke. The flats on there, just think it's ok to dump their rubbish, any day, every day.... oozing... smelling... even needles, I have witnessed..... MISS VERY ANNOYED OF KEIGHLEY ???????
RUBBISH.... RUBBISH..... RUBBISH........EVERY WHER...... ALONG NORTH. ST... KEIGHLEY.....Every bloody day, nearly, I am taking photos, and on the phone, to all different departments, yes, they say they are dealing with it.. but haven't seen ANYONE brought to justice for fly tipping..... it's a joke. The flats on there, just think it's ok to dump their rubbish, any day, every day.... oozing... smelling... even needles, I have witnessed..... MISS VERY ANNOYED OF KEIGHLEY ??????? FORTEAS
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Cornishlady says...

You have to realise this is the main thoroughfare through town, how does it look to people visiting....and straight outside a café windows. Often food is oozing out of the black bags, Personally I would be asking for compensation **** it must put customers off.

Why would planners allow flats to be built over shops where there is no facility for rubbish. It is not just black backs, it can be beds, fridges, settees....it seems there are many peripatetic people using these flats who do not take there goods with them. Next person comes along and it starts again........

Something needs to be done and soon....!
You have to realise this is the main thoroughfare through town, how does it look to people visiting....and straight outside a café windows. Often food is oozing out of the black bags, Personally I would be asking for compensation **** it must put customers off. Why would planners allow flats to be built over shops where there is no facility for rubbish. It is not just black backs, it can be beds, fridges, settees....it seems there are many peripatetic people using these flats who do not take there goods with them. Next person comes along and it starts again........ Something needs to be done and soon....! Cornishlady
  • Score: 2

5:42pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Andy222 says...

WHAT A JOKE!
WHAT A JOKE! Andy222
  • Score: 1

9:43pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Mixter says...

There should be roving bin wagons 24/7 collecting rubbish from anywhere. Never mind where it came from, just remove it. Far cheaper than the cost of clearing it up after its blown round the streets, or the financial cost of lost tourism/visitors who may (rightly) judge the town a $hit tip.
There should be roving bin wagons 24/7 collecting rubbish from anywhere. Never mind where it came from, just remove it. Far cheaper than the cost of clearing it up after its blown round the streets, or the financial cost of lost tourism/visitors who may (rightly) judge the town a $hit tip. Mixter
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Cornishlady says...

Mixter

You are quite right. They do it abroad and they could do it here. There is enough rubbish around daily...NOT just on North Street and the Green to keep it occupied over the week.

The main street is a disgrace and time it was recognised by those in a position to change it.

The streets are littered with beds, fridges etc.

Thank goodness for the scrap men who collect lots of metal from our streets. Fridges are obviously not in the same category.

Let us make Keighley a town to be proud of...
Mixter You are quite right. They do it abroad and they could do it here. There is enough rubbish around daily...NOT just on North Street and the Green to keep it occupied over the week. The main street is a disgrace and time it was recognised by those in a position to change it. The streets are littered with beds, fridges etc. Thank goodness for the scrap men who collect lots of metal from our streets. Fridges are obviously not in the same category. Let us make Keighley a town to be proud of... Cornishlady
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1:47pm Wed 30 Jul 14

MarkPullen says...

When, Cornishlady, you say "Thank goodness for the scrap men who collect lots of metal from our streets." I'm sure you don't include those who are happy to take garden gates and children's bikes without a second thought?

You're right about the fridges though - I've witnessed on a number of occasions the scrap men in unmarked vans taking a sledgehammer to these items to drain the chemicals into the streets before cashing the metal in.
When, Cornishlady, you say "Thank goodness for the scrap men who collect lots of metal from our streets." I'm sure you don't include those who are happy to take garden gates and children's bikes without a second thought? You're right about the fridges though - I've witnessed on a number of occasions the scrap men in unmarked vans taking a sledgehammer to these items to drain the chemicals into the streets before cashing the metal in. MarkPullen
  • Score: 1

12:57am Thu 31 Jul 14

Cornishlady says...

Mark I agree with you on your points.....I often say to my daughter to make sure all the bikes are to the rear of the house or in the garage/didn't drain covers disappear as well at some point - so dangerous ......BUT you get the gist of my argument.....
Mark I agree with you on your points.....I often say to my daughter to make sure all the bikes are to the rear of the house or in the garage/didn't drain covers disappear as well at some point - so dangerous ......BUT you get the gist of my argument..... Cornishlady
  • Score: 0

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