Council steps up litter enforcement

During the month of November Woking Borough Council has stepped up its anti litter campaign  WBC is working with a private company,Kingdom, to target litter bugs by increasing visible litter patrols within the Town Centre and surrounding areas. Anyone spotted dropping litter will receive a fixed penalty notice and fined £75 or face prosecution, which carries a maximum fine of £2,500 if convicted in a Magistrates’Court. The fine must be paid within 14 days, reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days. Although the campaign focuses on smoking related litter, Kingdom will also have powers to serve FPN’s on dropping any type of litter, smoke free offences and dog fouling.

There are plenty of bins around where rubbish can be thrown and special receptacles for cigarette butts and it costs every rate payer significant amounts to keep our town clean and smart, which is why we are doing this campaign. However this campaign is costing nothing for rate payers and we have ensured that Kingdom has a fair approach when dealing with the public. This initiative is part of the Borough’s ‘change the norm’ campaign and the message to visitors is: Woking won’t tolerate litter and if you’re caught dropping it ,expect to be fined!!

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