Knowsley Council gets tough on litter louts
5 December 2008
5th December 2008
Knowsley Council is launching a new get tough approach to litter
Officers are to start issuing £75 fixed penalty notices for
people caught dropping litter in the borough.
Owners of businesses – including takeaways and fast food
restaurants - who fail to take appropriate action to deal with
litter created as a result of their work could face action too. The
new fixed penalties also allow officers to fine people caught
fly-posting in the borough as well as owners of private land who
fail to clean up.
The move is the next phase of Knowsley’s “It’s a Big Deal”
campaign and will target every type of litter – including cigarette
butts, chewing gum and food takeaway packaging.
Over the next few weeks, enforcement teams across the borough
will be issuing warnings to those caught littering. They will be
told that from January next year they face an on-the-spot fine for
Cllr Ken Keith, Knowsley’s Cabinet member for Corporate and
Customer Services, said: “Officers from our Environmental Health
and Consumer Protection team will be taking a tougher stance in the
future to people caught littering across the borough. That is why
we are offering warnings to people now – we want to ensure they
have a chance to change their ways before we begin issuing
Cllr David Lonergan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood
Delivery, added: ”As part of our Big Deal campaign we have been
telling residents it cost Knowsley £2.7m to clean up last year.
From January next year, those people who continue to litter the
borough will pay the price too.”
Fixed penalty notices paid within 10 days will be at a reduced