Parking patrols to take in litter offences

EFFORTS are underway to further reduce fly tipping, dog mess and illegal parking in the Horsham district.

These offences are frequently commented on by the public as needing greater attention across the district’s often hard to reach 205 square mile area.

Horsham District Council is responding by carrying out a trial which will combine patrols by staff who deal with environmental crime together with those dealing with street parking enforcement to jointly tackle both parking offences and environmental crimes, such as littering and graffiti, across the district.

This innovative approach will allow patrols to visit many parts of the district on a more frequent basis and also allow more enforcement to take place in the evenings and at weekends.

The trial will start next week and continue until the end of August. During this period offences which are noted outside of HDC’s previous patrol times and areas will attract an information notice rather than a penalty.

If successful, the new arrangement is likely to become permanent from 2012 onwards and any offences noted will attract a penalty notice.

To report anyone suspected of committing any environmental or parking offence visit www.horsham.gov.uk or call Horsham District Council on 01403 744144.