FERMANAGH District Council spends over £1 million a year on street cleansing, litter control and litter collection.
The council recently appointed a Litter Warden who works across the District to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) to anyone caught dropping litter.
The Litter Warden also offers information and advice to help reduce instances of illegal littering.
A dedicated team of officers patrol Fermanagh in a bid to stamp out litter louts by issuing out FPN and as well as cleaning up other peoples’ litter the council take a proactive approach to litter control.
A spokesman for the council said that if people disposed of their litter properly, some of their £1m expenditure could be invested into services for the local community.
Since April 2013, Fermanagh council has issued 19 FPN for littering offences. This is an increase in the number of FPN issued as at the same time last year. Five of the 19 FPN have been paid and the remainder are being pursued through appropriate channels.
The spokesman said: “The Council has a robust FPN monitoring system with various stages of controls including confirming the offence, identifying the person who committed the offence and issuing a FPN.
“When penalties are not paid, a final warning will be issued and if necessary pursued through various legal channels. A number of unpaid penalties are still under investigation.
“The Council urges people to take responsibility for their local environment and help keep it clean and tidy.”
Enniskillen was recently named Ireland’s Best Kept Large Urban Centre 2013 in Ireland’s Best Kept competition for the sixth time this summer.
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