Havant’s campaign to clean up the borough’s streets gathered pace this week with more than 500 people now being fined for dropping litter since the campaign was launched in May.
So far (as of Friday 20th June 2014) 568 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued for cigarette ends and eight for general litter – bringing the total up to 576.
Havant Borough Council decided three months ago that a different approach to littering was needed for those residents and visitors who persistently dropped rubbish, flicked fag butts or left behind their dog’s mess.
Councillor David Collins responsible for Environment and Neighbourhood Quality said: “There is no excuse for littering, if you drop litter you will be issued with a FPN. No warnings will be given.
There are over 2,000 public bins across the borough for residents to dispose of their rubbish correctly – not having a bin nearby is not a reason to drop litter.”
Those who believe they will get away with it are reminded:
•There will be no warnings, you will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for dropping litter, cigarette ends or chewing gum. Also for not cleaning up after your dog
•That you can use bins without ashtrays, extinguish the cigarette first, then place it in the bin
•No bin doesn’t mean no fine – not having a bin to hand is not an excuse for littering
•Placing a cigarette end down a drain is still an offence which will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice
•Placing rubbish in a stream is an offence and will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice
•Failing to give your name and address is an offence under the Environment Protection Act 1990 Section 88 (8B)
We want you to tell us where there are problem areas for littering and dog fouling, so that we can step up enforcement activity.
We will use information provided by you to help catch the irresponsible few. Information provided by our customers will really increase the chances of our officers catching the culprits.
To report a problem in confidence, residents can complete our online form ‘Report it’ or call 023 9244 6019.