En­force­ment of­fi­cers pay visit to Ar­ran

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En­vi­ron­men­tal en­force­ment of­fi­cers, who are tasked with mak­ing com­mu­ni­ties cleaner, vis­ited Ar­ran last week and are set to re­turn later in the month.

The of­fi­cers spent the day pa­trolling the is­land, meet­ing lo­cals and mon­i­tor­ing dump­ing hotspots. Able to is­sue fixed-penalty notices whether it’s a fly-tip­per, a smoker throw­ing their butt on the ground or a dog owner not clean­ing up af­ter their pet, the team is de­ter­mined to make a dif­fer­ence.

Coun­cil­lor Jim Mont­gomerie, cab­i­net mem­ber for place, said: ‘The team works tire­lessly across the whole of North Ayr­shire and has done a fan­tas­tic job.

‘There is a real de­ter­mi­na­tion among them to make our com­mu­ni­ties as clean as they can be.

En­vi­ron­men­tal crimes

‘They are very vis­i­ble and ap­proach­able and more lo­cal peo­ple are now re­port­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes be­cause they know they will take de­ci­sive ac­tion.

‘Ob­vi­ously the ge­og­ra­phy of North Ayr­shire, com­pared to most other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, is fairly unique and get­ting across to the is­lands on a reg­u­lar ba­sis is dif­fi­cult. They hope these vis­its will be in­for­ma­tive and suc­cess­ful and hope­fully lead to more over the com­ing weeks and months.’

As well as is­su­ing fixed-penalty notices, en­vi­ron­men­tal en­force­ment of­fi­cers, who will be back on Ar­ran on Fri­day Septem­ber 21, can also of­fer ad­vice about fly post­ing, wild camp­ing, dog foul­ing, waste man­age­ment and lit­ter.

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