The fines that go un­paid

1 in 4 don’t stump up

Rutherglen Reformer - - 100 Year Since Armistice Day - Jonathan Ged­des

Over a quar­ter of fines for fly-tip­ping, lit­ter­ing and dog foul­ing in South La­nark­shire are go­ing un­paid.

Of 250 penal­ties is­sued by the Coun­cil, 93 were paid and 157 were not. Of the un­paid fines, 88 were taken to court, and 69 were not, mean­ing 27 per cent of fines went un­paid.

Ruther­glen Coun­cil­lor Ja­nine Ca­likes called for more to be done to stamp out the prob­lem.

She said: “Fly-tip­ping and dog foul­ing are two of the most fre­quent com­plaints I re­ceive as a coun­cil­lor.

“These fig­ures are only the tip of the ice-berg, but it is clear that more needs to be done to tackle the prob­lem. I will be li­ais­ing with Coun­cil Of­fi­cers to en­sure con­sis­tency in en­force­ment and will be en­cour­ag­ing my con­stituents to re­port any in­ci­dents when they see them.”

Shirley Clel­land, head of fleet and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, stated that mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors would be con­sid­ered in each case, and that fail­ing to pay penal­ties for dog foul­ing can­not be re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal as it is con­sid­ered a civil debt.

She said: “En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices tackle lit­ter­ing, dog­foul­ing and fly-tip­ping by catch­ing those ir­re­spon­si­ble peo­ple who do not dis­pose of their waste prop­erly and is­su­ing fixed-penalty no­tices as a de­ter­rent, in the hope that this will change peo­ple’s be­hav­iour...

“En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices can be con­tacted on 0303 123 1015 or re­ports can be sub­mit­ted through the Coun­cil web­site at www. south­la­nark­”

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