On-the-spot fines for litter louts

Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council is cracking down on litter louts with its enforcement officers now able to issue on-the-spot fixed penalty notices for a range of littering offences.

The enforcement officers will focus on particularly busy areas such as Sutton High Street and other district centres. They will be able to issue fixed penalties for offences including dropping litter, fly-tipping, and failing to clean up dog mess.

In 2015, Sutton Council’s cleaning teams picked up 1,267 tonnes of litter, and dealt with 1,390 separate fly-tipping incidents and 323 dog-fouling incidents. The total cost of all street cleaning services was £3,138,100.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Sutton Council’s Lib Dem Chair of the Environments and Neighbourhoods Committee, said that when asked by the council nearly 20% of Sutton residents had ranked ‘clean streets’ as the most important issue in making somewhere a good place to live.

She said:  “Working together we can bring the costs of littering and cleaning down, which will give us the opportunity to invest in vital frontline services for the benefit of borough residents.

The full details about the new FPNs can be found on the Sutton Council website here. Discounts are available for early payment of some Penalty Notices.

The Environmental Enforcement Officers will be easy to recognise as they will be in uniform and patrol in pairs.  The service will operate each day of the week, including some evenings and weekends.

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