Cherwell District Council: Fixed penalty notice fines increased

Dog mess will attract doubled fines across Cherwell after councillors agreed to a hike in the cost of fixed penalty notices across the district.

Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 10:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 11:03 am

Failing to pick up after your pooch in designated areas, littering and fly tipping are among the offences that will see increased sanctions as Cherwell District Council looks to bring up rates to similar levels seen in other parts of Oxfordshire.

Those caught leaving behind dog faeces or litter now face a £100 penalty, reduced to £75 if it is paid within 10 days. That is up from £50 for dog fouling and £75 for littering with no early payment discount previously applied.

Fly tippers will be hit with a £400 fine, the maximum allowed by national laws and up from £250.

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Cherwell District Council: Fixed penalty notice fines increased

Householders also have “a duty of care to take all reasonable measures to ensure they only transfer household waste produced on their property to an authorised person, business, or organisation” and can be fined if their waste is dumped by someone else. That penalty is going up to £300, reduced to £180 if paid within 10 days, from £200 or £120 for early payment.

Cherwell District Council had scope to take this to a maximum of £400 as well but the report said it had opted for the middle ground “as most householders are not aware of their duty of care responsibilities”.

All of the changes were accepted by the council’s executive, the team of Conservative councillors that form the ruling group across the district.

Councillor Dan Sames (Con, Bicester South & Ambrosden), Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “Most members, and indeed the public, regard these as quite serious cases and our current charges are some of the lowest in Oxfordshire.

Dog mess will attract doubled fines across Cherwell after councillors agreed to a hike in the cost of fixed penalty notices across the district.

“These proposals simply bring our charges in line with others across the county and also reflect the seriousness by which we view these offences.”