Rubbish outside Ocakbasi kebab shop in St Peter’s Street

Lazy and feckless litter louts face tough new penalties

Litter louts are to face tough new penalties of £150 if caught by enforcement officers.

The move, approved by councillors last week, signals a hardening of Canterbury City Council’s resolve to keeping the district clean.

It follows increasing public clamour to tackle litter which blights streets and open spaces.

City council leader Simon Cook said: “This is a beautiful place to live in, work in and visit and none of us want it to be spoiled because a small but incredibly lazy minority cannot be bothered to put their rubbish in a bin or take it home with them.

“Clearing up after them costs the council taxpayer thousands of pounds that could be used on other frontline services and sees scores of fantastic volunteers and parish councillors litter picking to look after their corner of the Garden of England. They shouldn’t have to.

A litter-strewn road

“We would rather live in a world where no one litters and our enforcement officers do not have to hand out tickets but we hope a £150 fine will act as a real deterrent. At the end of the day, if you do not want to be hit with a big fine don’t litter.”

The council’s policy and resources committee agreed to increase fines for fixed penalty notices for littering from £80 to £150 with a reduction to £100 if the offender pays up within 14 days.

It also agreed to introduce a new fixed penalty notice for drivers if litter is thrown from anyone inside a vehicle.

Evidence from CCTV cameras and dash cams will be able to be used as well as reports from members of the public prepared to make a statement.

The council is warning those who fail to pay they will be pursued to court.

Last month, city magistrates ordered four people to pay a £220 fine and a £22 victim surcharge for littering.

The council is also trying to alter people’s attitude to litter. On February 14, it launched its Love Where We Live campaign which aims to persuade people not to drop litter, let their dog foul without clearing it up, daub graffiti or fly-tip rubbish.

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