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Bexley Council brings back £150 litter fines as people searched in Danson Park

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Bexley Council are to begin issuing fines for littering from today after many parks were left strewn with rubbish.

Police conducted 17 stop and searches in Danson Park two night ago.

In a press release, the authority states:

This week (1 June) will see the return of litter enforcement across the borough. On the spot fixed penalty notices of £150 will be issued to anyone caught littering or not clearing up after their dogs.

Cabinet Member for Places, Cllr Peter Craske said: “We are proud of our borough, particularly our wonderful parks and open spaces. The recent changes to the social distancing guidelines mean that more people are using them safely, which is great. What isn’t great news is the mess that some people are leaving behind. 

“Littering, dog fouling and fly tipping anywhere in a public place are all criminal offences. If you get a fine you will be out of pocket and you could get a record. Our message is clear: Residents back our zero tolerance of littering so clean up your mess or you will be fined.”

Danson Park in particular has seen many complaints from residents in recent weeks.

7 Comments

  1. Paul SuperUnknown

    Bravo! More fines for ‘unconscious acts’ should be increased, though I’d like it more if all fines were assessed at a percentage of the individual’s wealth!

  2. Niko

    It should be illegal to wear tracksuit bottoms with slider sandals. They should have fined them on that alone.

  3. CDT

    I wish Greenwich Council would introduce a similar scheme issuing fines for people who delibrately drop litter all over the place.

    I am not talking about a person who may accidently drop a paper hanki for example, but those that litter roads with those little silver cannisters and larger amounts of rubbish after picnics etc.

    Along my road people just disregard rubbish on the street including empty bottles, cans, take away food containers, cigarette packets. etc etc. It is really annoying and uncalled for.

    But your rubbish in a bin or take it home !!

    • HK

      I’m pretty sure Greenwich Council does issue fines for littering by civil enforcement officers. While I welcome tackling litter, I have seen numerous times when this has been abused to meet targets and people have been fined for genuine accidents (ieg a banknote fell out of someone’s pocket and they were fined for it).

      I’m curious to know where these silver canisters are being purchased from. I constantly come across them abandoned on the street and sometimes in my garden. The authorities need to tackle the suppliers!
      Fast food outlets also need to have an advertising campaign to encourage people not to litter and dispose of their packaging properly, but really parents and schools should also do this

  4. Steven Norris

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  5. Flora

    It’s not only happening in Danson Park, but it happens everywhere. People just have no respect to public places. They just throw their rubbish onto the roads, near the bus stops. It’s good to have the fine to put in place as long as the council applied it and catch those who breaks the law.

  6. anonymous201486

    @Niko, those socks are criminal too.

    Seriously, this casual littering is a big problem and anything that can be done to stop it is welcomed.

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