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Meet Melton Borough Council’s new Environmental Enforcement Officer

Published Monday, 14th January 2019
Environmental Enforcement Officer David Walker
Environmental Enforcement Officer David Walker

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Ensuring an attractive local environment is a top priority for Melton Borough Council, and recognising the importance of this issue to local residents the Council has invested in new resources to help tackle environmental crime, such as: dog fouling, littering, waste on land and fly tipping, with the appointment of a new Environmental Enforcement Officer.

The move strengthens the Council’s ability to address issues that matter to local residents and reinforces the Council’s commitment to deal with inappropriate behaviour. The Council has already increased its legal capability following the move to bring legal services back in house last year. The Council has also invested in new Neighbourhood Support Officers and is in the process of appointing two new housing officers demonstrating a strong commitment to help those that need it but also to address those things that matter to local residents.

Cllr Mal Sheldon, Chair of the council’s Place Committee commented: “Finding resources in in these financially constrained times was not easy, but the Council recognises the importance of a high quality, clean, environment and has prioritised this area of work.  By working with partners such as Melton Matters, we hope to see real improvements as a result of education and enforcement which will not only help maintain a clean and attractive environment but should also reduce the number of times the council clears up the mess left behind by irresponsible people.”

As well as proactive enforcement, David Walker, the new Environmental Enforcement Officer will play an integral part in developing preventative measures and campaigns to support positive behaviour change, such as anti littering campaigns. He will also be exploring the feasibility of implementing Public Spaces Protection Orders to ensure our Borough remains clean and tidy and a desirable place to live, work and visit.

David started in post on 17th December 2018 and is responding to a number of complaints alongside preparing campaign material and other preventative work.  He is also meeting with local group Melton Matters, who campaign on many of the environmental issues which affect the Borough, to establish how we can work together to reduce issues and ensure we maintain the high standards of Melton’s cherished environment.

Environmental Enforcement Officer David Walker said: “Melton Borough is a beautiful part of the world and it’s imperative that we all do our bit to keep it that way, no matter how insignificant it may seem. For example, in certain parts of Melton a small number of dog walkers have picked up their dog mess but then have littered the bag by attaching it onto a tree, leaving it on the pavement or even dumping it in peoples’ gardens. This demonstrates a complete lack of consideration for other residents and if anyone is caught doing this they may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100.”

You can contact the Environmental Health team at environmentalhealth@melton.gov.uk or by calling 01664 502502

 

 

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For more information please contact:

Hazel Paterson - Communications Officer

Melton Borough Council

hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

01664 504294