Litter louts and irresponsible dog owners are set to be hit with £75 on the spot fines under a new ‘zero tolerance’ campaign being launched by East Hampshire District Council.
The council’s Cabinet agreed on Wednesday (March 25) to set up a six month pilot scheme initially in urban areas and to extend it if it proves successful. Initially a contractor is being sought to provide two full-time officers to patrol streets and parks. The officers would have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices to people who commit offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
The notices will require offenders to pay £75 as an alternative to a criminal prosecution.
A similar policy, introduced in neighbouring Havant has seen 4,275 notices being issued, making the scheme cost-neutral and supporting investment in community resources such as bins and promotional campaigns.
EHDC deputy leader Cllr Richard Millard said: ‘People who deliberately or even unthinkingly drop litter or allow their dogs to foul pavements and public open spaces are a blight on all our lives.
This policy is aimed at stopping this public nuisance. The zero tolerance policy means what it says – that there will be no excuses even for cigarette ends and chewing gum.’