Maidstone Borough Council’s Communities, Housing and Environment Committee has taken the decision to increase fines for littering within the borough from £80 - £90 following the meeting held on 12/12/2017. The policy sets out that should the Fixed Penalty Notice not be paid within 14 days the fine would later rise to £120 for people caught littering.
This rise is directly in line with the recent Government announcement which recommended raising fines to a maximum of £150 as part of national legislation.
Cllr John Barned Chairman for the Committee stated: “Littering can have a huge impact on the appearance of our town and villages. Maidstone Borough Council is committed to delivering a clean and safe environment for all of our residents and visitors. It is important we continue to tackle littering and other environmental crime.”
The Committee also supported a tougher approach to tackling littering from cars which can blight rural lanes as well as key transport routes. The new on-street Enforcement Team, due to start in April 2018, will be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to the registered keepers of vehicles from which the litter originally came from.
Agreement was also reached to continue to carry out local education and engagement work to reduce littering, including supporting National Clean-up Days and the large number of volunteers who already help the Council by litter picking their local area.