A joint initiative, led by the Council’s Corporate Enforcement Unit, has addressed smoking within Kilmarnock and Cumnock bus stations after a focused campaign to stamp out the problem.
Stagecoach, Police Scotland and officers from across the Council joined the CEU on high profile patrols this week at the bus stations with daily patrols taking place morning and afternoon when the stations were at their busiest.
The campaign widened the net and also patrolled taxi ranks and Kilmarnock train station throughout the day, targeting both littering and those choosing to flaunt the smoking ban.
During the campaign three warnings were issued to young people smoking within Kilmarnock bus station and one warning was issued for littering; nine £50 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued for smoking offences at the two bus stations and one £80 Fixed Penalty Notice was issued for littering.
Councillor Tom Cook, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities said: “The Corporate Enforcement Unit (CEU) has been out on joint patrols with colleagues from across the Council, Police Scotland and Stagecoach, and has issued fixed penalty notices to those who are choosing not to follow the rules and have committed environmental crimes.
“Regular enforcement will continue within the bus stations and throughout East Ayrshire as the CEU continues to work to tackle all forms of environmental crime including littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. The campaign maybe over but the enforcement never ends – if you commit an environmental crime in East Ayrshire you will get a fine.”
While on patrol this week three abandoned vehicles were investigated by the CEU and notices were issued in Dalmellington, Stewarton and Kilmarnock. The vehicles will now be removed in due course.