Cardiff Council Environment – Update

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Environment Hunting the Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects zero tolerance litter campaign, introduced by Labour-led Cardiff Council a year ago, is going from strength to strength as we continue to fight fly-tipping, chewing gum waste, dog fouling, cigarette butts and general litter.

PCSOs, park rangers and waste management enforcement officers all now issue Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling.

Since April 2013 Fixed Penalty Notices:

Dog Fouling – 61
Litter – 488
Household waste offences – 125
Commercial waste offences – 203
Waste carrier offences – 6

Labour Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Bob Derbyshire said:
“At the core of this campaign has been backing out words with action. For example, this administration has increased the number of personnel in and outside of the Council who can issues FPNs for dog fouling. There have been 6 prosecutions since April 2012 compared to just 2 in the previous 4 years.

“We will continue to do everything in our power to ram home the message that creating a mess and blighting our communities is a crime and you will be punished if caught. Our message very much remains the same – if you don’t want the fine, don’t do the crime.”

Cardiff parks to benefit from growth of partnership programme
Cardiff’s reputation as a ‘city of parks’ is set to receive a significant boost with the widening of the council’s Parks Partnership Programme.

The original programme focussed on six historic parks: Bute Park, Roath Park, Parc Cefn Onn, Cathays Park, Forest Farm and Splott Park. The new proposals will broaden the scope of the programme to cover a vastly increased number parks across the city.

Labour Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Bob Derbyshire, said:
“The extension of the Parks Partnership Programme will allow us to be more flexible in our approach to funding opportunities and developing partnerships. The programme will ensure that we can sustain Cardiff’s proud parks heritage for years to come.

“We are operating in a tough financial climate and competition for funding is fierce. By working in partnership with Friends Groups we are able to access new funding streams and protect these unique and valuable assets for future generations.”

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