Hundreds in court over council fines

Hundreds in court over council fines

Hundreds in court over council fines

More than 200 people have ended up in court after they failed to pay fines issued for littering by Hull City Council.

Between November 2020 and March 2021, 205 people were prosecuted, and more than 1,300 fixed penalty notices were issued for littering in Hull.

People who failed to pay were subsequently taken to Magistrates Court, resulting in fines and costs of over £400.

They were caught in 37 locations across the city, including Newland Avenue, Hessle Road, Pearson Park, Holderness Road, Southcoates Lane and Cottingham Road.

Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for waste management at Hull City Council, said:

“While the majority of Hull’s residents and visitors do their best to keep the city tidy, more than 70 per cent of streets are affected by smoking litter, particularly at busy spots like high streets or transport hubs.

“Littering of any kind, including throwing cigarette butts onto the floor is an extremely anti-social behaviour and is very damaging to the environment.

“We want our city to look its best for everyone, which is why we should all do our bit to keep it clean. People who do not dispose of their litter will be fined in an effort to deter people from littering in the future.

“People who are fined are advised to pay the initial cost, otherwise the case will be taken to court and could result in much higher costs as a result of the additional prosecution action.”

According to figures issued by Keep Britain Tidy, more than two million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day.

Street cleaning is estimated to cost the taxpayers over £1 billion a year.

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