Blitz on bad behaviour

PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

NEW powers aimed at cracking down on anti-social behaviour are to be adopted by the district council. From April, fines and fixed penalty notices will be handed out across Exmouth and East Devon to those who flout the new rules imposed by the council unde

NEW powers aimed at cracking down on anti-social behaviour are to be adopted by the district council.From April, fines and fixed penalty notices will be handed out across Exmouth and East Devon to those who flout the new rules imposed by the council under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.East Devon District Council (EDDC) said the new powers would enable it to deal with persistent troublemakers.But the council has revealed it is unable to recruit dedicated enforcement officers to ensure the rules are adhered to - instead it hopes the police community support officers and parish councils will come on board to help.Corporate director for communities Peter Jeffs said: "Where a matter is persistent or extreme, and has significant public detriment, we will use existing resources in a blitz approach to tackle it."As a deterrent we hope to publicise the new powers and fixed penalty notices."We can authorise other appropriate officers, where legally entitled to do so, to help us enforce these powers. Certain contractors, or police community support officers, maybe authorised. Parish councils will be able to authorise their own enforcement officers should they wish to do so." Under the new rules:l Anyone caught littering could face an £80 fixed penalty.l Failing to comply with street litter control or litter clearing - £110.l Unauthorised fly posting - £80 fixed penalty.l Failing to control a dog, or keep it on a lead when told by an authorised officer - £80 fixed penalty.Restrictions will be placed on the number of dogs controlled by one person.Businesses found repairing or servicing a vehicle on the road, or selling more than one vehicle from the same stretch of road, will be fined - as will anyone found responsible for dumping a vehicle.Restrictions will be imposed on flyers - to prevent the paper material being dumped on public land.

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