The Copeland Pride of Place initiative aims to encourage residents and businesses to take pride in their borough and work towards making Copeland a better place to live, work and visit. Concentrating on the following areas, the drive will aim to discourage low level offences and encourage businesses and residents to improve and maintain their premises.
In late 2017, we launched the Pride of Place campaign to help combat fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling.
The campaign also transformed the borough's town centres through the Pride of Place Town Centre Regeneration Scheme.
The campaign has been hailed an increasing success with achievements including:
- A 30 per cent reduction in reports of fly-tipping across the borough, bucking trends across the county which seen an increase of more than 37 per cent on average during the same period.
- In line with the drop in number of reports received, the volume of fly-tipped waste we collected decreased by more than 50 per cent.
- The tonnage collected by our Street Cleaning team showed a clear reduction in littering reducing by more than 25 per cent.
- More than £750k was invested in improving the appearance of commercial premises across the borough, transforming 113 buildings in Copeland’s towns, villages and rural areas. More than 50 per cent was invested by the business owners themselves.
- Public Space Protection Orders introduced in areas renowned for dog disorder and low level anti-social behaviour. These orders gave our enforcement officers and the police greater powers to issue fines on green spaces.
Town Centre Regeneration - The £1 million Copeland Pride of Place Town Centre Regeneration Scheme supported the improvement of business premesis in Copeland through grants available to assist commercial property owners/occupiers to undertake repairs and redecoration to improve the external appearance of business premises. The scheme was open to owners, landlords and tenants of units that are located within Copeland, with priority given to the four town centres of Whitehaven, Cleator Moor, Egremont and Millom. The scheme attract a further investment from private investors. Grants were available for 50% of the value of the work required, up to a maximum amount of £5,000 and will fund works to improve the external appearance of a commercial property, principally the ground floor trading elevation.
Fly-tipping - We announced an increase in fines for fly-tippers from £200 to £250. We can also prosecute more serious cases of fly-tipping, which is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. We are working together with our community and partner organisations to combat this issue and prosecute criminals who carry out this offence. We charge £25.50 for a three-item bulky waste collection. To arrange one, call 01946 598300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Littering - Working with residents, community groups, schools and partner organisations we will campaign to raise awareness and reduce incidences of littering, an offence punishable by a fine of up to £80.
Dog fouling - With our picturesque landscape and abundance of countryside, it is easy to see why dog owners enjoy going for scenic walks. Unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible enough to clean up after their pet, something we know angers many of our residents. As well as raising awareness of the issue we're also encouraging residents to report any incidences by calling our customer service team on 01900 598300 or emailing email@example.com. This report can be made anonymously.
Copeland Borough Council's Commitment
- We are proud of our area and its scenic landscape, with the lake district on our doorstep and world heritage status accreditation
- We are investing in our towns and villages to support improvements in order to make Copeland a better place to live, work and visit
- We will prosecute those who commit offences such as fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling
Thanks to all the following who have pledged to support the Pride of Place campaign. If you are interested in supporting the campaign, please contact Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trudy Harrison MP
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Britain’s Energy Coast
Florence Arts Centre
Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project
West Cumbria Rivers Trust
Whitehaven, Egremont and District Credit Union
Beckermet with Thornhill Parish Council
St Bees Parish Council
Waberthwaite Parish Council
Haverigg Cricket Club
Kells Rugby League Club
Wath Brow Hornets Rugby League Club
Seascale Bowling Club
Silecroft Golf Club
Cleator Cricket Club
Whitehaven Methodist Circuit
Lamplugh, Kirkland and Ennerdale Local Ecumenical Parish
St John’s Church, Hensingham
St James’ Church, Whitehaven
St Nicholas’s Church, Whitehaven
West Lakes Academy
Moor Row Primary School
Millom Infant School
St James’ Junior School, Whitehaven
St Bega’s School
Captain Shaw’s School
Ennerdale and Kinniside School
St Patrick’s School
St James’ Infant School, Whitehaven
Ennerdale & Kinniside School
St Gregory & St Patrick’s School
St James’ School, Millom
St Bees Village School
St Bridget’s Catholic School
Frizington Primary School