Crackdown on litter 


Forty-four fixed penalty notices have been issued during a crackdown as part of a council campaign.

The crackdown, carried out as part of Love Bolton, Hate Litter, has focused on litter droppers and people who allow their dogs to foul.

The campaign, which was launched just over a year ago, aims to educate people about the consequences of dropping litter and encourage people not to do this, but is backed up by enforcement where necessary.

Council officers recently carried out a week of intensive action around the borough and handed out 44 fixed penalty notices, 41 of which were for litter dropping and three for people allowing their dog to foul and not disposing of it.

The largest number of fines handed out were in Bolton town centre (16), but 15 fines were also handed out in Horwich, 11 in Farnworth and two in Breightmet.

All fines are for £75, (reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days), but failure to pay the fine may result in prosecution and a much higher fine.

Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said: “We know that dog waste and litter dropping are issues that greatly concern residents and our ‘Love Bolton, Hate Litter’ campaign works all year round to educate litter droppers and dog owners and carry out targeted enforcement in problem areas.

“We hope that these fines serve as a reminder to residents to clean up after their dogs and bin their litter and ensure that Bolton’s public spaces are clean, safe and enjoyed by everyone.”

As part of the educational aims of the campaign, officers have also been in Bolton town centre handing out branded shopping bags and cigarette pouches, which encourage people to stub out their cigarette and put it in the pouch, rather than drop it on the ground.



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