Fines handed to Leeds’ litterbugs

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Environmental action staff issued 256 legal notices making people and businesses clear up waste, litter, leafleting and street trading in Leeds in 2014-2015.

Leeds City Council believes the numbers highlight the range of powers that they 
have to keep the city clean and safe.

During the 2014-15 financial year, fines were handed to 110 businesses and 48 residents who failed to deal with waste properly after being issued with a legal notice to do so.

Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth and Swillington), executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said: “We all have a duty of care to help keep Leeds clean and safe. As a local authority that duty is legally-binding, but residents and businesses have a significant part to play too.

“We want to enable people and communities, that way they can help us to help them and create and retain a sense of civic pride.

“Unless you’ve been caught red-handed dropping litter, the point at which we’re giving you a fixed penalty notice is due to the fact that you, as an individual or business, have left our officers with no other choice.”

In the 2014-15 financial year, 48 people failed to comply with litter clearing notices, eight fell foul of having permission to hand out flyers in specific locations and 29 people were fined for illegally street trading in the city centre.

Twenty people were given fixed penalty notices for ignoring community protection notices – which require culprits to take action when their conduct is having a bad impact on their community.