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Expanded Enforcement Team for Guildford to help keep borough green, clean and safe

Littering, fly tipping and other antisocial behaviour will be targeted more closely in future, thanks to an expanded Enforcement Team for our borough. Jointly funded by Guildford Borough Council and the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, the scheme was approved at a meeting of the Council's Executive last night (18 April).

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council says: "We are very pleased to agree funding for the expanded Team and look forward to working closely with our partners to target areas that our residents have told us they are concerned about. Environmental crimes, such as fly tipping, damage the beautiful environment that we are lucky to enjoy in Guildford. The team will be a visible presence on our streets helping to tackle anti-social behaviour and make our borough a better place to live, work and visit."

The new team will be responsible for investigating the following issues in the borough:

  • fly tipping on public land
  • littering
  • managing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)
  • helping tackle anti-social parking around schools.

The Council's Dog Warden will also be a member of the team, helping educate dog owners on the health risks of not picking up after their animals and issuing fines.

PCC David Munro said: "A key part of my role is to help build safer communities so I am delighted that this scheme has been approved and I look forward to seeing the Guildford team in action.

"The Joint Enforcement Teams (JETs) already set up in other parts of Surrey have been proven to deliver a fast and effective response and provide a visible presence to deter offenders.

"I hope we can replicate that success in Guildford and tackle some of those issues such as anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping which residents tell us are so important to them."

By pooling resources the team will be able to work with officers from Surrey Police on joint operations in future.

Published on Wednesday 19 April.