Paying the price for littering and fly-tipping
Fly-tippers and litterers have been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and court costs in the last two years thanks to the borough council issuing 86 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) and bringing nine successful prosecutions over the last two years.
In early 2017, the council took the decision to double the amount that fly-tippers can be fined, with FPNs rising from £200 to £400.
Cabinet Member for the Environment and Regulatory Services Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “We take littering and fly-tipping extremely seriously and clearly the courts share our views.
“Dumped waste and litter is a real concern – it can be dangerous, attract rats and even cause fires. It costs the council money to clean up and spoils the area for everyone else.
“Those who dump rubbish, whether that’s a single cigarette or a major fly-tip, are blighting our borough and there is simply no excuse.”
In 2017 and 2018, those caught littering in the borough have been issued with £3,600 in FPNs and paid £2,878 in court fines and costs, while fly-tippers have been issued with £3,050 in FPNs and paid £2,726 in court fines and costs - a grand total of £12,254.
The council relies on reports from members of the public, and residents are urged to report anybody spotted dropping any litter or fly-tipping to help keep the borough’s green spaces and streets a pleasant place in which to live, work and play.
You can help to clean up your local area by reporting incidents online at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/report or by calling 01256 844844.