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Fines for environmental crimes to increase in Cambridge

News release from 28/01/2019

PEOPLE caught dropping litter in Cambridge will face increased fines from Friday 1 February.

Someone spotted dropping litter by Cambridge City Council’s enforcement officers will face a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £150, an increase of £75 In line with government regulations, the council agreed to increase fixed penalty notices to tackle littering on 28 June of last year and the new fines come into force next month. Offenders will see the £150 fine reduced to £90 if they pay within 10 days of the date of the fine.

Fixed penalty notices for commercial waste receptacles, flyposting, community protection notices and domestic waste offences are also being increased following approval by councillors on 17 January. The fine levels for these offences will increase to the maximum fine level under government regulations.

In 2017/18 the council’s enforcement team issued 472 FPNs for littering, an increase of 26% from the previous year. As part of its robust approach, the council pursues litterers all the way to the courts if they do not pay their fines. In the last year, over twenty cases have been taken to the magistrates in Cambridge.

Street cleaning currently costs around £2.3 million per year in Cambridge, which is money that could be used on other frontline services that benefit residents and the local community.

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “These increases support our robust enforcement approach which is designed to encourage people to change their behaviour and make Cambridge a cleaner, greener city.

“We will not accept littering or environmental crime in Cambridge because we all have a duty to keep our city clean and tidy for both residents and visitors alike.

“Litterers and those who choose to ignore the rules that the rest of us abide by should have to pay the price for their antisocial, criminal behaviour.”

The council also uses FPNs as an alternative to prosecution when dealing with other environmental crimes including dog fouling and abandoned vehicles.

Money raised from FPNs is put back into services including the Community Engagement Team who work with volunteers to keep the city clean and tidy, as well as cleansing services which tackle fly tipping, litter and graffiti.