Spitting fines to come into force next month

Street patrols to catch people spitting in the street will launch next week as part of a clampdown on the dirty habit across Cannock Chase.

On-the-spot £50 fines will be handed out by council environmental health officers to those caught in the act.

Three environment enforcement assistants are being briefed on how to dish out the fixed penalty notices before the new law comes into force from Monday, September 1.

Fines will be handed out to spitters in the same way they are for littering or dog fouling.

Cannock Chase Council's environment chief, Councillor Carl Bennett, said it was going to be a challenge but added the majority of the public are behind him.

"Spitting fines will be coming in on September 1," he said. "The existing environmental officers working for the council will dish out these on-the-spot fines.

"They are being briefed at the moment. It's a challenge but the majority of the public are in favour of this. They think spitting is disgusting. If we have problems we come back to the drawing board."

Councillor Bennett added: "If the officers see someone spitting in the street they will issue an on-the-spot fine then and there. It might be the case that they take a picture with a camera of the spit on the ground.

"We clean up dog mess, litter and graffiti but nothing seems to be done about spitting.

"I want this to be a deterrent. I want Cannock to be a nice place for people to visit and a town that people respect.

"If people see Cannock as a nice, clean place to come and visit, it might even encourage more people to come here and do their shopping. I've got the public on my side."

Council leader George Adamson previously said there was ‘massive support’ for the move.

Only a handful of local authorities across the UK have brought in the legislation since an original nationwide ban which then carried a £5 fine was rescinded by the government in 1992.

Waltham Forest, in London, was the first local authority to bring a successful prosecution for spitting in a public place at the end of last year. Since then it has handed out dozens of penalty notices.

Spitting can aid the spread of infection diseases such as tuberculosis(TB), health experts claim.

Comments for: "Spitting fines to come into force next month"

Thomas

Lets get it straight ... fines will be handed out to certain people but not to others ... I could make a list of those groups who won't be fined, but rather than be accused of being all sorts I won't bother. Great idea if it would be equally enforced, but it won't be.

Jimbo123

Very interesting. So does that mean that our role model footballers might one day be fined for spitting and snotting all over the pitch for 90 minutes on matchdays.

The youngsters see this behaviour regularly at matches and on the TV and think that spitting and snotting is acceptable and a great thing to do.

START WITH THE ROLE MODELS.

Then the kids won't follow suit.

I too

Yes Jimbo just as I stated last time the idea was promoted.

trouble is you will get people saying footballers have to run around and cough up things doing exercise.

Typical unthinking comments of the nerdowell people on here who do not understand that people copy actions they see by (in)famous people!

Thems thatdo not think do not understand the concept.

Good to see most of the vitriolic comments of racists, homophobes and moaners have been removed. But no doubt they will be back.............. Lets see if they rise to the meat.

Mountain Wolf

It is still not necessary for footballers to spit and snot. You don't see ballet dancers doing it and their work rate can be phenomenal.

Crell

No ban in Smethwick..Handsworth..West Brom? I regularly see people spitting in those towns; in Smethwick in particular, it was disgusting sight and one had to regularly dodge people openly - and loudly - spitting into one's path. Absolutely disgusting. Would also be interested to see just how this is going to be enforced or whether it's just Cannock council looking for attention..

Trespasser

Sorry but no, I cant see sandwell council introduce this into any of the towns you mentioned.... it would upset the minority groups and vulnerable people.

charlie17

About time, only activity that is more obnoxious is people who allow their dogs to foul the streets or parks and do not clean it up. These 2 activities are most unhygienic and it does make you wonder about the state of the offenders home.

markie

Spitting on a football pitch is not that bad, you dont actually see the product or stand on it.

Gob on the pavement is disgusting and needs to be stopped.