Dear Swindon Borough Council,

Could you please supply me with the following information for financial years (by year, where possible) from 2008 to present:

1. The number of litter-related incidents reported or recorded

2. The number (and total value) of fines issued in respect of litter

3. The number (and total value) of fines paid in respect of litter

4. The number of cases taken to court and how many of these were successful

5. The cost of pursuing litter-related incidents

6. The current policy on tackling litter (reporting, enforcement, etc)

7. The number of dog fouling incidents reported or recorded

8. The number of fines issued in respect of dog fouling

9. The total value of fines issued in respect of dog fouling

10. The number of fines paid in respect of dog fouling

11. The value of fines paid in respect of dog fouling

12. The current policy on tackling dog fouling (reporting, enforcement, etc)

Yours faithfully,

Mark Smith

Customer Services, Swindon Borough Council

Thank you for your email which has been forwarded to the FOI office for response.

Kind regards
 
Customer Services
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House
Swindon SN1 2JG
Phone: 01793 445500
 
E-mail:  [Swindon Borough Council request email]
Website: www.swindon.gov.uk
 

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Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear Mr Smith,

Ref FOI 101000428012 Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your request for information dated 14th October 2013 received in our office on 14th October 2013 (details below):

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council has a duty to respond ‘promptly’ or no later than 20 working days, which in this case is 11th November 2013.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me as detailed, quoting the above reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Ceri Stephens ([email address])
Performance Officer
Service Delivery
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

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Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear Mr Smith,

 

 

Ref: FOI 101000428012 Freedom of Information Request

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 14^th October 2013 received in our office
on 14^th October 2013, concerning litter and dog fouling.  

 

I enclose for your attention, the following information.

 

 

In relation to questions 2 & 3, all litter fines are £75. We are unable to
answer question 5 as it is all part of the on -going costs of enforcement
staff and legal costs etc.

 

 

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
1. The number of 2 60 46 27 65 114
litter-related incidents
reported or recorded
2. The number (and total 2 60 46 27 65 114
value) of fines issued
in respect of litter
3. The number (and total 0 40 35 21 59 93
value) of fines paid in
respect of litter
             
4. The number of cases 0 0 3 6 6 12
taken to court and how
many of these were 3 6 6 8 (others
successful ongoing)
             
5. The cost of pursuing Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
litter-related incidents
             
7. The number of dog 77 153 155 227 174 101
fouling incidents
reported or recorded
             
8. The number of fines 0 0 0 0 0 0
issued in respect of dog
fouling
9. The total value of 0 0 0 0 0 0
fines issued in respect
of dog fouling
             
10. The number of fines 0 0 0 0 0 0
paid in respect of dog
fouling
             
11. The value of fines 0 0 0 0 0 0
paid in respect of dog
fouling

 

6.  The current policy on tackling litter (reporting, enforcement, etc)

 

A dedicated officer carries out patrols at least twice a week and will
take the details of anyone caught littering, and then fixed penalty
notices will be offered instead of court proceedings.  If these are not
paid, then the offenders are taken to court.  All enforcement staff are
also on a monthly litter rota whereby staff will go out once a month to
carry out patrols in addition to the dedicated officer.

 

12. The current policy on tackling dog fouling (reporting, enforcement,
etc)

 

If a report is received from a member of the public, the Dog Warden
patrols and puts up stickers. We then write warning letters to the alleged
offender(s). If an officer witnesses an incident in person then we will
seek prosecution under Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996. We do not use
Fixed Penalty Notices as these were not adopted by Swindon Borough
Council.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review, you should
contact:

 

Customer Services

Civic Offices

Euclid Street

Swindon

Website: www.[Swindon Borough Council request email]

 

The complaints/review procedure involves a full review and an examination
of all the information by the Council's Monitoring Officer. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of our conclusion, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner's Office for a decision, before
contacting the Council. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless
you have exhausted the Council's own complaints procedure.

 

The Information Officer can be contacted at :

 

The Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Email: [1][email address]

Tel: 01625 545700 (ask for Freedom of Information)

 

If you require any further information concerning this matter, please
contact me as detailed, quoting the above reference number in any future
communications.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mr Ceri Stephens

Performance Officer

Service Delivery

Swindon Borough Council

Tel: 01793 466220

e-mail: [email address]

 

 

 

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