Potters Bar’s litter louts face �75 fines

LITTER louts in Potters Bar are set to be slapped with a �75 fine if they are caught dropping rubbish.

From February 1, Hertsmere Borough Council officers will be issuing on-the-spot fixed penalty notices to those who are found to be littering the town’s streets.

The initiative follows a survey of residents before Christmas.

Cllr Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, said: “We asked residents what they thought about us introducing fines for dropping litter and other environmental crimes and the vast majority supported the idea to help us improve the local environment.

“Nobody likes to see litter on the streets, so we hope this will go some way to discourage people from doing it and also help instil pride in Hertsmere.”

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As well as authorised council officers, police community support officers will also be able to hand out instant penalties to those who drop litter.

Fines will also be handed out to those found to be drinking in alcohol free zones.

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A council spokeswoman added: “The council is also looking at bringing in fines for dog fouling and other environmental crimes to further improve the environment and people’s quality of life.”

Offenders who pay their fine within 10 calendar days will have it reduced to �50.

The Potters Bar Edition can also confirm that council officers will not receive commission for giving out fines nor given specific targets to meet.

For more information about the scheme call 020 8207 7435 or visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk

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