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16 December 2003 - The Public Space Legislation Resource is a new website (www.idea.gov.uk/knowledge/december/?id=environment) to support the work of all those responsible for the management and maintenance of our public spaces. It brings together for the first time all relevant legislation and guidance, together with examples of good practice. Topics range from litter and dog fouling, to derelict land and allotments. The site fulfils one of Defras commitments following its Living Places: Powers, Rights, Responsibilities consultation.
Section 119 of the Local Government Act 2003 - Fixed Penalty Notices for Littering and Dog Fouling
This guidance note contains the new procedures for local authorities which issue fixed penalty notices for litter and dog fouling offences, which commenced on 18 November 2003 under Section 119 of the Local Government Act 2003. The guidance also provides information for local authorities who have gained a 'good' or 'excellent' rating on the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) and those authorities who have been piloting these powers under their Local Public Service Agreements. For more information see Further Information section below.
Voluntary Code of Practice for the Fast Food Industry - Options for reducing fast food litter and waste in the local environment
The Government is committed to improving the quality of our public spaces by making them cleaner, greener and safer. This includes tackling litter of which fast food-related litter comprises a significant part. The aim of the Voluntary Code of Practice for the Fast Food Industry is to reduce the amount of fast food-related litter that pollutes our shared spaces and thus our quality of life.
The consultation paper was developed by ENCAMS on behalf of Defra. The consultation and draft Code of Practice are the culmination of many months of work involving Government, local authorities and members of the fast food industry. The closing date for comments is 30th January 2004.
There is a direct connection between the quality of life in communities, and clean and safe public spaces. Public space issues worry people of all ages in all areas. Litter, graffiti, fly-tipping, abandoned cars, the loss of play areas and footpaths are, for many, the top public service priority; and everyone has a part to play.
We are responsible for the development of policies to enhance the 'liveability' of the public space and to communicate this effectively to local authorities. It is then the job of local authorities to maintain and deliver improvements on the ground. We:
A Treasury cross-cutting review which included the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), the Home Office, the Department for Transport, the Department for Culture Media and Sport and Defra led to a "Strategy" published by ODPM and a "consultation" on legislative and regulatory reform from Defra. Defra committed to undertake the review of all the powers and responsibilities that govern the provision and maintenance of public spaces as part of the Spending Review 2002. This work also fulfils a similar commitment given in the Local Government White Paper 2001.
July 2003: A summary of responses to the consultation paper, Living Places - Powers, Rights, Responsibilities has been published.
Should you have a problem relating to a cleanliness issue, or simply require further reading, the following pages provide more information on specific subjects:
Information about this site is available on this page.
Section 119 of the Local Government Act 2003 commenced on 18 November 2003. The new power will give local authorities further incentive to take proactive management of their local environment and help to achieve this goal.
This guidance note contains the new procedures for local authorities which issue fixed penalty notices for litter and dog fouling offences. The guidance also provides information for local authorities who have gained a 'good' or 'excellent' rating on the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) and those authorities who have been piloting these powers under their Local Public Service Agreements.
There is also a copy of Section 119 of the Local Government Act 2003 and both the litter and dogs return forms for local authorities.
If you want further information about local environmental quality that is not covered by these pages, you can contact us:
Environmental Quality Branch
If you would like to contact your Local Authority but don't know how, the ukonline.gov.uk web site has a 'Quick Find' function A-Z of local government (on the left of the page).
[Photographs used on this page were provided by ENCAMS]
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