Crackdown imminent

PUBLISHED: 14:13 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

NEW powers aimed to crack 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 East Devon to those who flout the new rules imposed by the council under the Clean Neig

NEW powers aimed to crack 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 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.EDDC spokesman 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 entitles to do so, to help us enforce these powers. Certain contractors, or Police Community Support Officers, may be 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.The council's new rules will place dog ban restrictions on children's play areas and allow no more than six dogs to be controlled by one person.Businesses found repairing, maintaining 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.Attaching enforcements on the sales of spray paint - to crack down on graffiti damage - is also under consideration.And the council now has powers to restrict the distribution of leaflets and flyers - to prevent the paper material being dumped on public land, creating an eyesore.

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