Thursday, 18 December 2008

More fines for littering and dog fouling

Thanet district Council press release

Four people have received hefty fines for littering and allowing their dogs to foul in Thanet, as part of the council’s “Drop It and Cop It” campaign.

Sophie Page, from Northdown Road, Cliftonville, was fined £165 for dropping litter in Northdown Road, while Mr. Watson from Godwin Road, Cliftonville was fined the same amount for allowing his dog to foul in Trinity Square, Margate.

Dropping a cigarette butt in Margate High Street left Jonathan Cottrill of Royal Crescent, Margate with a £165 fine, while Terry Chittenden from Godwin Road, Cliftonville received a £140 fine for dropping a cigarette butt in Margate High Street.

The fines are the latest results from the council’s zero tolerance campaign on litter, “Drop It and Cop It”, which warns people they will face fines if they are caught littering or allowing their dogs to foul.

Cllr. Shirley Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Commercial and Environmental Services, said: “Local people wanted zero tolerance on littering, including cigarette butts, and dog fouling and we’re doing exactly what residents asked for. We know it’s a popular campaign, with the majority of our residents’ panel telling us that Drop It and Cop It is important for Thanet. We are determined to do what we can to stamp out litter and sadly, the only way of getting the message across to some people, is by taking action and issuing fines. As these cases show, if people fail to pay up, then they could land up in court with much higher fines.”

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