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Last Updated: Friday, 2 April, 2004, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK
First 75 litter fine
Cardiff residents face a litter crackdown
Cardiff residents now face a litter crackdown
Cardiff council has claimed to be the fastest local authority in Wales to issue one of the new 75 on-the-spot litter fines.

The Welsh Assembly Government has trebled the fixed penalty for litter and dog fouling from 25, with the new fines coming into force from 1 April.

Cardiff says it issued its first fine at 0715 BST - to a resident in the Grangetown area for putting their rubbish out on the wrong day.

And pet owners have also been warned about a crackdown on dog-fouling.

Councillor Phil Robinson, deputy leader, said: "People have to take responsibility for their own waste. This includes those that litter the streets or choose not to put their rubbish out on the kerbside on the correct day for collection"

'Taken a lead'

"This increased fine will hopefully help to act as an added deterrent to stop those that are offending."

The Cardiff litter enforcement team has already issued 1,600 fines at the 25 rate and Mr Robinson said the speed of Thursday's action "demonstrates that we have taken a lead in exacting the 75 penalty without delay."

The authority has also warned that dog-owners caught allowing their pets to foul footpaths or parks will be given the choice of paying the 75 or going to court.

Patrols are being undertaken of city parks by dog wardens and park rangers.

The assembly agreed the tougher approach last month, with Environment Minister Carwyn Jones warning that the issue could not be taken lightly.

He said: "People need to realise that dog-fouling and fly-tipping also have an economic impact in terms of attracting inward investment and tourism."


SEE ALSO:
Bigger fines for dog mess
25 Mar 04  |  Wales
Dog mess fines set to treble
09 Jan 04  |  Wales
Litter drive targets smokers
05 Nov 03  |  Wales


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