More than 100 fined in post-lockdown litter battle

More than 100 fined in post-lockdown litter battle

More than 100 fined in post-lockdown litter battle

More than 100 people in North East Lincolnshire were fined for littering, cycling and dog control offences in just two weeks after patrols restarted following lockdown.

Patrols by enforcement officers stopped when the lockdown started in March, but resumed on June 16 as more premises reopened.

In recent weeks, people have noticed an increase in littering being left across the borough, particularly in parks and Cleethorpes beach, according to North East Lincolnshire Council.

This has included glass bottles, cans, wet wipes, leftover picnics, takeaway wrappings, used barbecues and nappies.

There are more than 800 litter bins in the area, including 50 along Central Promenade in Cleethorpes.

A total 114 fines issued between June 16 and 30 were: litter 29, litter from vehicles 27, no cycling 48, dog fouling and dogs on beach 10.

Officers are patrolling busy areas including Cleethorpes beachfront and Grimsby town centre, as well as the area’s popular parks.

They will give fixed penalty tickets for littering, cycling and dog control offences, as well as for smoking in commercial vehicles.

Dog owners are reminded that no dogs are allowed on the beach between Wonderland and Cleethorpes Leisure Centre between Good Friday and September 30.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’ve seen a surge in littering up and down the country since the easing of some of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

“Most people respect the environment, but locally we’ve seen an increase in people messing up the parks and the beach.

“Who would have thought that forgetting how to use a bin or pick up after a dog would be a knock-on effect of the coronavirus lockdown?

“Littering makes the place look a mess, it’s harmful to wildlife and the environment. If a bin is full, take your rubbish home.”

Officers from Local Authority Support carry out patrols and gather evidence which is passed on to Doncaster Council who issue the fines on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council.

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