As reported by Lytham St. Anne’s News, from Wednesday, 1st July District Enforcement, a private company. was given the contract to keep our area clean. Fixed penalty notices of up to £100 can be handed out by the firm for littering or any dog-related offence by their uniformed officers who are patrolling areas open to public access. These areas include our town centres and environmental hotspots. Figures issued by Fylde Council show that 20 notices were issued on the opening day of the new regime (01.07.2020) – these included 13 breaches of the dog exclusion zone, along with seven littering offences.
The following day, Thursday 2nd July, the officers issued 29 notices included 27 for littering – 17 of them cigarette butts – and two breaches of the dog exclusion zone. On Friday 3rd July, the total was 24 – all littering of discarded cigarette butts.
Controversially, under the arrangement, District Enforcement collects and retains all the penalty notice revenue, with the council stressing its objective is not income generation but ‘to challenge inappropriate behaviour by a minority of people and to promote a clean, green borough’. Also, it has been alleged that there were no enforcement staff on duty last Saturday and Sunday – the days that the lockdown was relaxed.