New enforcement team will fine people dropping litter in Torbay

Torquay Town Hall in Castle Circus, headquarters of Torbay Council

Torquay Town Hall in Castle Circus, headquarters of Torbay Council - Credit: Ed Oldfield

New enforcement officers will be on patrol in Torbay seven days a week to fine environmental offenders.

Torbay Council Cabinet member Christine Carter told colleagues the new service would be starting shortly with officers able to issue fixed penalty notices.

The councillor said offences being targeted would include litter and fly-tipping.

Cllr Carter said the new service would be provided at no cost to the council.

She told a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday: “It will clear up the area and hopefully stop fly-tipping, which is a big problem in a lot of wards.”

Torbay Council invited organisations last summer to tender for a uniformed service to fine offenders for environmental crimes and anti-social behaviour.

Councillors have been told a contractor would issue fixed penalties on behalf of the council and be paid from a share of the fines.

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The service was advertised as a two-year contract in August.

The notice said: “In order to reduce environmental crime and anti-social behaviour, Torbay Council is seeking an appropriately qualified/accredited organisation to issue fixed penalty notices on its behalf, to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, in the streets, parks, beaches and open spaces within Torbay.

"This work will complement existing enforcement activity, at no cost to the authority.”