7 things you need to know about our new enforcement partnership

People in Kirklees are more likely to be fined if they breach public space protection orders around littering and dog control thanks to a new enforcement partnership – here’s the low down on what you need to know…

1. The fines will be handed out by a private company

Whilst we’ve always had the ability to fine people,  a new partnership with private company Kingdom means that there is a greater chance of culprits being caught and fined.

The partnership which was agreed by our cabinet in February, and is being trialed for 12 months.

2. You could face a fine of at least £75

In the majority of cases,  anyone caught breaking one of the orders will be issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice.  The officer will issue the fixed penalty notice and take the person’s name and address so it can be logged and payment chased if required.

3. You need to have doggy bags if you are out with your pooch

The majority of the rules are already in force,  but a new rule about ensuring you have a doggy bag or other means to dispose of dog fouling when you are out with a dog has also been created within the public space protection orders.

Other things that will result in a £75 fixed penalty notice include:

  • not picking up dog foul
  • having a dog in an exclusion zone
  • not having a dog on a lead (except in designated parks and open spaces)
  • not putting  the dog on a lead when requested

4. You need to put rubbish in the bin

Anyone caught littering (age 18 and over) will receive a fixed payment notice of £75

5. If cars are your thing make sure you know the rules

People selling multiple vehicles on the highway will receive a warning letter for their first offence,   however second and subsequent offences will result in a fine of £75

Anyone who repairs a motor vehicles on the highway for financial gain will receive a warning letter for their first offence,   however second and subsequent offences will result in a fine of £75. (exceptions apply around on the spot repairs as the result of a breakdown or accident)

6. Anti-Social Behaviour will be targeted too

Being caught drinking alcohol in public (designated areas only) will result in a fixed penalty notice of £75, the authorised officer will also be able to ask the person to stop drinking and may require the surrender of alcohol.

Anyone urinating or defecating in public (designated areas only) will receive a fine of £75.

7. You can’t just hand out flyers or put them up without permission

People seen distributing printed material within the designated control area (inside Huddersfield ring road & springwood car park) or caught leaving large accumulations of flyers on the street will receive a fine of £75

People caught fly posting (putting up posters or banners) on highways street furniture will receive one fixed penalty notice of £100 for all adverts on their first offence. However second and subsequent offences will result in a £75 fine for every illegal advert.

For full details check out the cabinet report

14 comments

  • This sounds great but I wonder if it will reduce the dog fouling issue at Scapegoat Hill. !!!!!!!!

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  • My guess is that if a neighbourhood is clean and tidy, only about 5% of people will drop litter. So if you keep your street clean – by picking up litter when you see it – very few people will drop litter there. Next time you walk along the road, take a bag and pick up as much litter as you can; it’s not difficult or especially dirty and it gives you a grasp, literally, of the size of the problem. Do it again a couple of times and you’ll feel better about the look of the street and you’ll find that you’re collecting less and less litter.

    The litter in my Dalton street seems to come from two sources – school-children walking to and from school, and wheelie bins when they’re put out for collection. The enforcements described above won’t affect either of these. The children will subconsciously eventually modify their littering according to the state of the street – just like adults.

    There are lots of dogs in my area so the great majority of owners must be tidy people who clear up properly. A common complaint in the media recently is that some dog owners pick up and bag the mess but then leave the bag on a fence or tree. That’s annoying for everybody but these people are at least making some effort – they’re on the right track.

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  • Look at parking junction of Halifax rd Thorncliffe rd Thorncliffe est batley

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  • A great start, but perhaps £75 isn’t sufficient deterrent – why not £75 for first offence, increasing on subsequent offences. Done well the scheme would be self-financing so win win for everyone!

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  • Mrs Donna Blakeway

    It sounds great but how can anyone report !!! We have regular litter dropping in George street Ravensthorpe – people doing up their cars while snacking at the local take away & then leaving their litter on the street
    We also have (late at night) Taxi Drivers congregated while eating from the Take always & Leaving their Rubbish in the street, an Absolute Disgrace – I shan’t hold my breath I’m afraid reported several times but nothing changes!!!

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  • Mrs Donna Blakeway

    It sounds great but how can anyone report !!! We have regular litter dropping in George street Ravensthorpe – people doing up their cars while snacking at the local take away & then leaving their litter on the street
    We also have (late at night) Taxi Drivers congregated while eating from the Take away & Leaving their Rubbish in the street, an Absolute Disgrace – I shan’t hold my breath, I’m afraid I have reported several times but nothing changes!!!

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  • What about the digusting habit of spitting chewing gum on the pavement.

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  • It is about time that the council cracked down upon cat crap too. Owners of the small furry industrial sh****g machines should be made to keep them on a lead like a dog. Upset? Well dogs were not created with leads. Why are cats so special?

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  • Susan Greenwood

    or some of the footpaths off lamb Hall Road in Longwood!!!!

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  • At least you are trying. The results will be interesting. Some of the worst places for litter are canal bridges. What about dogs not with their owners?

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  • It really annoys me when ‘so called’ responsible dog owners actually pick up the poo then chuck it into a tree or bush…. why bother to pick it up in the first place for heavens sake.

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  • Gerry Armitage

    The playing field off Miry Lane is subject to several offences on a daily basis. People drinking (all ages) then chucking their empties anywhere, we used to have a good street cleaner but he retired and we rarely see the new one. Kids and adults seem to believe that riding motorbikes round and round the field is acceptable behaviour. The dog mess is disgusting , some people do pick it up but there’s nowhere for them to put it so we get trees and shrubs decorated with little bags of poo as there’s no dog bin. People think that Miry Lane itself is a race track, a few speed bumps would prevent that, before someone gets seriously hurt. The new enforcement team could try and make some money by patrolling here but if the council tidied up the area and put a couple of bins and speed bumps in they may not be needed.

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