National Strategy for England 2017
- Meeting of Communities, Housing and Environment Committee, Tuesday 12th December, 2017 6.30 pm (Item 84.)
- View the background to item 84.
Committee considered the report of the Head of Environment and
Public Realm which related to a Litter Strategy for England
It was noted that in April 2017 the Government launched a new Litter Strategy for England with an ambition to be “the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it found it”.
The report detailed the further information that had been received from the Government which set out three key areas of focus which were:
· Clear and consistent anti-litter message
· Improve enforcement against offenders
Cleaning up the Country
The Officer detailed
the ways in which the Council was already working to these
The Committee noted that the Strategy highlighted an area where the Council had had difficulty tackling before which was litter being thrown from vehicles, where enforcement had been difficult unless a clear description could be given of the offender. Legislation had been proposed which would enable local authorities to take enforcement action against the registered keeper of vehicles from which litter was proven to originate. The guidance is expected to come forward in January/February 2018.
In October 2017 the Government announced new steps to be introduced for littering following completion of the public consultation.
The announcement included that from April 2018 the maximum on the spot fine local authorities could issue for dropping litter would nearly double from £80 to £150. The minimum fine would increase from £50 to £65, whilst the default fine would increase from £75 to £100.
It was also noted that for the first time, local authorities outside of London would also be able to apply these penalties for littering to vehicle owners if it could be proved litter was thrown from the car, even if it was discarded by someone else.
The Head of Environment and Public Realm also drew Members’ attention to the available options as set out in the report which were to:-
Option 1 – note
the actions proposed by Government in the Litter Strategy for
England but take no specific action to change the approach to
engagement or enforcement in Maidstone and to leave the FPN at
Option 2 – to increase the value of the FPN to the maximum of £150 for littering, including from vehicles.
Option 3 – to
increase the value of the FPN to £120 for littering,
including from vehicles as a proportionate penalty and offer a
reduced charge of £90 for early payment (within 14 days) of
In response to questions from Members, the Head of Environment and Public Realm advised:-
That the contract with Kingdom had been terminated and the Waste
Crime Team were now carrying out the work. A recruitment process would be carried out in
January 2018 to appoint two Enforcement Officers and this would be
for an initial trial period of 18 months and that they would be
employed directly by the Council and would receive no incentives or
bonuses for the amount of fines issued.
That the new Enforcement Officers would not just be working in the
town centre, they would carry out enforcement action across the
An anti-littering sculpture would be put up to encourage people not
to litter. This was a new initiative
instead of putting up signs which people get used to and
That Officers were continuing to work with local takeaways to
minimise the amount of litter on the streets and great successes
have already been had with companies such as McDonalds who sweep up
their own area outside the restaurant to keep it litter
It would not be a good idea for incentives to be given to those
providing footage from their dashcams
of litter being thrown from cars
· That Officers would investigate reports of the refuse vehicles leaving behind rubbish as they should return to pick it up.
1. That the national actions for the Litter Strategy for England 2017
be noted and that the continuation of local actions as set in
Appendix A to the report be supported.
That the current Fixed Penalty Notice be increased from £80
That the offer of a reduced charge of £90 for the early
(within 14 days) of a Fixed Penalty Notice for Littering be agreed.
Voting: For: unanimous
- National Litter Strategy, item 84. PDF 85 KB View as HTML (84./1) 71 KB
- Appendix A - Strategy Actions, item 84. PDF 43 KB View as HTML (84./2) 26 KB
- Appendix B - Risk Assessment, item 84. PDF 42 KB View as HTML (84./3) 31 KB