Fines for littering shoot up by 500 per cent

This Is Wiltshire: Fines for littering shoot up by 500 per cent Fines for littering shoot up by 500 per cent

THERE has been a dramatic rise in the number of fines given out to people dropping litter in recent years.

Since 2011 the number of fines has gone up by more than 500 per cent and is expected to rise significantly again this year.

Three years ago there were just 26 fines given out across the whole of the borough but in 2013 that figure had risen to 134.

At the beginning of June this year 127 fines had been given out by the council.

The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information Request by a resident.

It follows a concerted campaign by the council to improve the overall image of the town.

Several years ago a lot of street clutter, such as phone booths, was removed and this is an extension of that policy.

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “We decided to implement a proactive response to littering in the wake of millions of pounds being spent on improving the public realm in the town centre.

“As a result, the number of fixed penalty notices for littering has increased over the last few years.

“However, we have not just been focusing on enforcement as much of our work has also centred on changing behaviours.

“We have employed staff in high visibility clothing to approach people who have been seen to drop litter in an attempt to get them to think about their actions in the future.

“We have also handed out cigarette pouches to smokers to encourage them to stub out their cigarettes instead of dropping them on the floor.”

Back in 2010, the council was spending almost £2m a year clearing 1,200 tonnes of litter, hence the new approach.

Those who are punished for littering are issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75.

The move has been welcomed by the company which runs the town centre InSwindon, which says it helps to attract visitors.

Bid Manager Rebecca Rowland said: “We have been very supportive of the council in their efforts to reduce the amount of litter in the town centre.

“We want the town to look smart so people feel they want to actually come into the town.

“Work is being done to regenerate it but if there is no upkeep then it won’t have full effect.

“We have recently been working hard to make the town centre tidier and recently had all the pavements cleaned which has had a big effect.”

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10:30am Sat 23 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Start issuing fines to cancer stick addicts. They toss their filthy butts which take years to decompose on the floor and nothing is said or done about it.
Start issuing fines to cancer stick addicts. They toss their filthy butts which take years to decompose on the floor and nothing is said or done about it. Alan Bast*rd
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11:19am Sat 23 Aug 14

ShearerShearer says...

Constantly seeing Mcfast food restaurant packaging dumped by the side of the roads west of Swindon, why can't they take it home?
Constantly seeing Mcfast food restaurant packaging dumped by the side of the roads west of Swindon, why can't they take it home? ShearerShearer
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1:13pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Sheila White says...

http://www.litterpre
ventionprogram.com fully supports this move. Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter and be part of the solution. All visitors welcome always.
http://www.litterpre ventionprogram.com fully supports this move. Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter and be part of the solution. All visitors welcome always. Sheila White
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7:11pm Sat 23 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

ShearerShearer wrote:
Constantly seeing Mcfast food restaurant packaging dumped by the side of the roads west of Swindon, why can't they take it home?
Because way too many people in this world live on the basis of double standards. If someone dumped litter in their garden they would be the first out the door with the usual abuse, but when it's someone else's problem, who cares! People think we are a caring society, but for too many that just applies to themselves!
[quote][p][bold]ShearerShearer[/bold] wrote: Constantly seeing Mcfast food restaurant packaging dumped by the side of the roads west of Swindon, why can't they take it home?[/p][/quote]Because way too many people in this world live on the basis of double standards. If someone dumped litter in their garden they would be the first out the door with the usual abuse, but when it's someone else's problem, who cares! People think we are a caring society, but for too many that just applies to themselves! house on the hill
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1:31am Sun 24 Aug 14

Isthisthebestswindon cando says...

There certainly does appear to have been an exponential rise in the amount of litter dropped in the last decade - is the increase in fines simply proportional?
There certainly does appear to have been an exponential rise in the amount of litter dropped in the last decade - is the increase in fines simply proportional? Isthisthebestswindon cando
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7:35pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Hammer5 says...

ShearerShearer wrote:
Constantly seeing Mcfast food restaurant packaging dumped by the side of the roads west of Swindon, why can't they take it home?
They probably don't take it home because west Swindon looks a tip with no rubbish on the floor omg who the hell would want to live there is beyond me
[quote][p][bold]ShearerShearer[/bold] wrote: Constantly seeing Mcfast food restaurant packaging dumped by the side of the roads west of Swindon, why can't they take it home?[/p][/quote]They probably don't take it home because west Swindon looks a tip with no rubbish on the floor omg who the hell would want to live there is beyond me Hammer5
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