Fines for region's litterbugs soar in three years

The number of fines issued to litterbugs by councils has soared in the past three years, figures have revealed.

Local authorities have handed out hundreds of on-the-spot penalties after wardens caught them in the act of dropping rubbish and litter on to the streets.

Wolverhampton City Council has issued 484 fines between 2010 and the end of 2012, bringing in £18,790.

There were 28 fines issued over the same period in Walsall, but 21 of those were between April and December last year alone.

The council has made £640 but was left chasing £400 in fines for 2010-2012 after people failed to pay.

Dudley Council issued 387 fines, making £50,076, while Cannock Chase issued 245 fines. Of those, 136 were handed out between April and December last year. The council made £7,790 but £2,460 remained unpaid.

Councillor George Adamson, leader of Cannock Chase Council, said: “It’s not about raising money.

“I’d be happy if we never had to issue another penalty again because it would mean people were not dropping litter.

“It’s something we get complaints about and that’s why we decided last year that we would get tougher and start cracking down on this sort of behaviour. No-one wants to see our towns looking a mess.”

Lichfield has only recently started using its powers and only gave out two fines between April and December last year, making £120.

South Staffordshire handed out 28 tickets and made £1,375. The council gives a discount if paid within 10 days, if not, then full £75 payment required.

But latest figures show that the litter fines hotspot of the West Midlands – Sandwell – has bucked the trend with a drop in numbers.

In Sandwell 3,972 fines were issued between 2010 and 2012 but between April and December last year just three were issued.

The council has made £137,385 in litter fines over three years but £85,107 was outstanding at the end of 2012. The council said the amount represented “cases that have been closed for various acceptable reasons”.

Councillor Ian Jones said: “The figures have dropped because we have moved on to a policy of educating people about the problems of dropping little. The award-winning Tipton Litter

Watch is constantly in schools educating children from an early ago the need to dispose of little in a sensible way.

“And the council is working with community groups all over the borough to impress upon people to be more litter conscious.”

Comments for: "Fines for region's litterbugs soar in three years"

moikel

There is no excuse for any form of littering, and people who do, deserve to be prosecuted !!!! Only yesterday, whilst i was walking along the road, a scumbag in a porsche, parked at traffic lights, opened her window, and promptly tipped her ciggie ends out all over the road. They blew all over the road, and footpath, and as i walked passed, i politely commented to her that she would not be happy if i emptied my bin on her front garden, to which, she got out of the car, and used language that i would not have expected from a "" LADY"" !!!!! . I have never laughed so much, when the man in the car behind her, got out of his car, and as a police officer, in a plain car, tore her off a right strip, about both littering, and road rage.!!!! After using her mouth to him, i left , with a smile on my face as he started to report her for both offences !!!!! April 1st, or not, i thought it was funny !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheesed Off : (

I totally agree that anyone dropping litter should be punished; however, the problem is MUCH bigger than the article implies. Are councils putting time and energy into addressing the matter in relation to local businesses I wonder?

We went to The Vine in Roebuck St last night and the rubbish around the area was disgusting. Had we been visiting the pub with friends from out of town I’d have been incredibly embarrassed.

Roebuck Street isn’t an isolated area with this problem; you look anywhere where a business operates whether that is the local newsagents, chip shop or something more substantial.

Yes, definitely punish general litterbugs but don’t ignore the ‘big boys’ just because it’s probably easier to do that than tackle the actual problem : (

Pete

Three questions: Where does that money go ? (possibly in wages for the officers and managers running it plus many thousands more)

And What was the acceptable reasons ? and lastly how come dustbin lorries can still leave rubbish behind them and not get fined ?