Private enforcers to begin issuing on-the-spot fines to litterbugs in Northampton

A private firm is being used to hand out £80 on-the-spot fines to people who fail to pick up dog mess and litter in Northampton in a drive to clean up the town's streets.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 5:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 5:27 pm

Northampton Borough Council has announced it will be working with an outside company to provide uniformed enforcement officers who will patrol the streets and “tackle people who behave anti-socially.”

Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor Mary Markham (Con, Park) said: “People tell us time and time again that they want Northampton to be a cleaner town and that they want us to take tougher action against people who consistently break the rules and behave anti-socially.”

Northampton Borough Council will be working in partnership with 3GS Environmental Solutions, which will provide environmental enforcement officers to work alongside council wardens in targeting litterbugs.

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The service will be delivered at no-cost to Northampton Borough Council, with 3GS effectively keeping the fine money.

The officers will issue £80 fixed penalty notices, which could be reduced to £50 on prompt payment.

Failures to pay an on-the-spot fine will be treated as a criminal offence.

Councillor Markham added: “Carrying out more enforcement with a visible presence over and above the service already provided by our environmental wardens should act as a deterrent and send a very clear message that we will not tolerate behaviour that turns Northampton into an unclean and untidy town.”

Several other councils, including Brighton City Council have adopted this approach in a bid to banish Britain’s filthy streets.

The new scheme will start from April 4 .