Enforcement – Yes, the Council does act

I have heard the saying many times, Cornwall Council does nothing when it comes to enforcement either in Planning, Licensing or any other statutory duty that the Council carries out. I think in a lot of cases this comes down to perception and how we as the Council get this information out to the general public.

A meeting today with the Chairs, Vice-Chairs of both Licensing Committees and senior officers we discussed various points in relation to Licensing. One of the items discussed was enforcement and prosecutions that had been undertaken by Cornwall Council. This did not just include Licensing, but was interesting to hear what litigation had been undertaken, and more importantly, the success the Council had.

I will start with the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN). Between 1st April and 30th September 2010 there were 103 FPN issued that resulted in £4,635 of fines being collected. This is broken down further into various areas. It may seem not many, and it should be improved, but you have to catch the perpetrator first.

• Littering tickets issued – 20 – Fines collected £1,235
• Dog Fouling tickets issued – 55 – Fines collected £2,500
• Tickets for breach of dog control orders includes dogs on leads – 28 – Fines £900

Some of the other areas covered are breaches of Health and Safety at Work Act, Environmental Protection, Trading Standards and Animal Health. These have resulted in substantial fines, and in some cases, custodial sentences. For the Licensing part there have been 15 Licence Revocation/Suspensions during this period. Again, this is a positive step in dealing with licensed premises that are not abiding to their conditions, or the Licensing Act.