132 litterbugs pay the price for their drops in Carmarthenshire
A CAMPAIGN to Clean Up Carmarthenshire over the summer has been hailed a big success — as 132 litterbugs were hit with fines.
During the months of June, July and August, council enforcement officers handed out 112 £75 fixed penalty notices for dropping litter, a further 14 for dog fouling offences, and three regarding fly-posting and graffiti.
A further three fines were issued for the abandoning a vehicle, failure to produce waste documents and for having two or more vehicles advertised for sale at the roadside. Executive board member for environmental and public protection councillor Jim Jones said: “I would like to thank residents for helping us to make Carmarthenshire a county we can be proud of.
“Officers have increased patrols and thanks to information provided by the public, more people have been fined.”
The campaign was launched with the support of the Post’s sister papers the Llanelli Star and the Carmarthen Journal in a bid to make the county cleaner and safer.
Officers have been patrolling across the county and residents were urged to help catch offenders by reporting any incidents, along with any problem areas so that they could be targeted.
A number of schools and community groups also carried out litter-picks to help make a difference to the area where they live.
Fly-tipping black spots, litter strewn streets, parks and beaches and playing fields smeared with dog mess were all targeted in the summer blitz.
In total, 576 separate incidents were investigated over the three month period, a number of which are still ongoing.
Mr Jones added: “Dog fouling and litter is a top priority for the council and we will continue to target problem areas and hopefully catch offenders in the act. I would also like to thank the local press for helping us to raise awareness and encourage readers to get involved.
“If we all work together we can make Carmarthenshire a cleaner, greener and safer place to live and visit.”