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Litter fee increase in Gravesham

PUBLISHED: 15:44 03 July 2018

The penalty for dropping litter has increased in Gravesham. Picture: Darryl Dyck/PA images

The penalty for dropping litter has increased in Gravesham. Picture: Darryl Dyck/PA images

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The penalty for dropping litter has increased to £150 in Gravesham from August.

Gravesham borough councillors unanimously voted to increase the charges at the cabinet meeting (June 25).

The council hopes this will reduce the annual £1 million spend on street cleaning activities such as cleaning of streets, litter-picking, emptying of litter and dog bins and the removal of fly tipping and graffiti.

Cllr Alan Ridgers, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “It is not just the council’s responsibility to keep Gravesham clean – it is everyone’s who lives, works or visits here.

“But unfortunately not all people are respecting the area and carelessly drop litter. Some people see it as the council’s job to clean up their mess. It isn’t and fines are one way we are going to tackle offenders – and tackle them hard.

“Littering is bad behaviour and we need everyone to help keep Gravesham clean.”

This is part of a new campaign dubbed No More Litter to encourage residents to keep their streets clean.

Cllr Ridgers added: “Often people post on social media about messy streets and ask why the council isn’t doing more.

“This campaign is us doing more – by tackling the cause. If we keep cleaning the streets, people keep dropping litter.

“This now has to stop.

“If we didn’t have to put so much money into cleaning up the streets we could spend it on planting more flower beds or increase grass cutting – things that people do want.

“But we cannot do these other things as the litter problem keeps growing.”

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