Council could fine people in Northampton £100 for anti-social behaviour using new law

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council,
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council,

People in Northampton could be issued with a fine of up to £100 by the borough council if they act in an anti-social way under new powers set to be adopted by the local authority.

At a Northampton Borough Council cabinet meeting tonight members are due to discuss new powers available to the local authority under the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The new legislation is intended to give local authorities more flexible powers to deal immediately with anti-social behaviours that cause damage to a community by issuing legal notices and Fixed Penalty Notices.

The new law does not prescribe the amount each council should fine residents but sets an upper limit of £100.

In a report due to be discussed by members, it recommends that fixed penalty notices are set at £100, with an early payment incentive to reduce cost to £80 if paid within 10 working days.

Examples of anti-social behaviours that could be dealt with under the new powers include littering and fly tipping, vandalism, graffiti and other damage to property, excessive noise and nuisance or people being drunk or rowdy in public places.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council and member of the Northampton Town Centre Safety Partnership, has welcomed the new powers to deal with anti-social behaviour.

He said: “We will certainly be making effective use of these powers, as we do already with our existing processes. Anything that can help us deal with anti-social behaviour more effectively has got to be welcomed. These powers are new so we are working with the Police as to how they can be used most effectively.”