OFFENCES such as littering, abandoning shopping trolleys, nuisance parking, dog fouling, graffiti and fly posting could be punishable by fixed penalties under new legislation being recommended to North Devon Council s Executive committee yesterday (Tuesda

OFFENCES such as littering, abandoning shopping trolleys, nuisance parking, dog fouling, graffiti and fly posting could be punishable by fixed penalties under new legislation being recommended to North Devon Council's Executive committee yesterday (Tuesday).If approved, the new Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 legislation would give the council's environment wardens more power to enforce fines for a range of offences.Litterlouts and graffiti artists could be slapped with a £75 fine, while abandoning a car could set offenders back £200."Although our priority is education and raising awareness, the new legislation would give our wardens the teeth to enforce when required to do so," said Cllr Rodney Cann, the council's Executive Member for Waste and Recycling."Although North Devon is quite a clean area compared to the national average, people are becoming more concerned about litter and the environment."The council has spent a number of weeks cleaning up the link road and other areas of North Devon and the new powers will be beneficial to our wardens.