Highland Council ramps up patrols in Caithness in bid to tackle anti-social behaviour

Highland Council has stepped up patrols in Caithness in a bid to tackle littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling.

Fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an £80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a £200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another £80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.

Chairman of the Caithness Committee, councillor Donnie Mackay, said: “I hope this enforcement action will encourage those antisocial members of the community who disregard the law to think again.

“It also costs the council a significant amount of money to clean up fly-tipping, litter and dog mess – money from the council tax that could be spent in our local communities.

“Everyone has a part to play in keeping our public areas clean and tidy so I would encourage the public to let us know when they come across incidents or have any information so our staff can take action.”

To report dog fouling or littering issues, either use the online reporting system at www.highland.gov.uk, call 01349 886603 or e-mail recycle@highland.gov.uk.