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Big Fines For Litter Drop-off
Maximum litter fines are to al- most double to £150 from April as well as new fines intro- duced for owners of vehicles from which litter is thrown.
Cleaning up our streets and countryside currently costs the taxpayer almost £800 million a year and so maximum on-the- spot fines for dropping litter will almost double from April – from the current limit of £80 to £150 – in order to deter and punish the anti-social minority who con- tinue to drop rubbish.
In future councils will also be able to impose these fines on the owners of vehicles from which lit- ter is thrown, even if it was dis- carded by someone else. The government is clear these fines should not be abused simply as a means of raising money, so guidance on how fines should be applied will be issued to councils.
Coffey said: “Littering blights our communities, spoils our coun- tryside and taxpayers’ money is wasted cleaning it up. Throwing
Matterhorn Capital DC Man- agement UK has selected Para- digm Housing Group with V10 Homes as the enabling partner for the delivery of a 142 house and apartment development at Asheridge Road, Chesham.
Paradigm is one of the largest Housing Associations in the Thames Valley with almost 15,000 proper- ties. Paradigm is due to commence development of the Chesham site in the first half of 2018 with new homes available for occupation from mid-2019. Shaw Corporation co-ordinated the planning applica- tion and the planning team in achieving the detailed planning consent. Chris Shaw of Shaw Cor-
rubbish from a vehicle is just as unacceptable as dropping it in the street and we will tackle this antisocial behaviour by hitting lit- ter louts in the pocket. These new fines will make sure the perpetra- tors, not the local community, bear the cost of keeping our streets and roads clean.”
What it means
From April the maximum on-the- spot fine local authorities can issue for dropping litter will nearly double, from £80 to £150. The minimum fine will in- crease from £50 to £65, while the default fine will increase from £75 to £100.
For the first time, local authori- ties will also be able to apply these penalties for littering to ve- hicle owners if it can be proved litter was thrown from their car – even if it was discarded by somebody else.
The changes to fines for litter- ing follow a public consultation as part of the launch of Eng- land’s first ever Litter Strategy in
poration says:
“This is the first
major residential
scheme in Che-
sham for over a
decade. The outer
London market
has seen signifi-
cant activity and
growth over the
last two years.
High London resi-
dential values
have priced many first-time buyers, homeowners and downsizers out of the owner-occupier market. Trans- port regionally as well as locally are key factors in the growth and hous- ing agenda. Considerable support
April 2017. These new findings showed the vast majority of re- spondents were in favour of in- creasing on-the-spot fines.
More than 85% were in favour of increasing fixed penalties for littering, while local authorities agreed that new penalties to tackle littering from cars would help to improve environmental quality in their area. The govern- ment is today confirming that it will proceed with these meas- ures, with legislation introduced by the end of this year and the new fines in place by April next year, subject to parliamentary approval.
The government is clear how- ever that councils must not abuse the power to impose fines. Coun- cils should take into account local circumstances, like local ability to pay, when setting the level for these fines. Government guidance will be issued around the turn of the year to ensure the new powers are used in a fair and proportionate way by local authorities. i
   for the scheme locally demonstrates the frustration at the lack of new build quality housing delivery in the area and the urgent need for more reasonably priced housing for local residents.” i

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