Council introduces discount scheme for early payment of fines

Bridgend County Borough Council has updated and expanded its environmental enforcement policy following the outcome of a recent public consultation.

The changes include the introduction of a new discount scheme to encourage the early payment of fixed penalties across a range of environmental offences, and the addition of a duty of care over household waste.

Under the new scheme, people who pay fixed penalties early will be entitled to the following discounts:

Offence: Penalty: Early Payment:
Littering £100 £75
Waste receptacles £100 £75
Graffiti and fly-posting £100 £75
Fly-tipping £200 £120
Failure to comply with a Public Space Protection Order £100 n/a
Failure to produce a Waste Carriers Licence £300 £180
Failure to produce a Waste Transfer Note £300 £180
Unauthorised distribution of literature on designated land £100 £75
Failure to comply with the duty of care in respect of household waste £300 £159

The Deputy Leader, Cllr Hywel Williams said:

“These changes are intended to ensure that our enforcement policy remains up to speed with modern best practice, and will help encourage people who commit environmental offences to pay quickly and promptly.

“Concerns about litter and dog fouling are two of the most commonly-raised issues that the council has to deal with, and the new enforcement policy is designed to help tackle this more effectively.”