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Six people in Burton fined after crackdown on littering

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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COUNCIL chiefs have continued their crackdown on litter by hauling six people from Burton before the courts.

East Staffordshire Borough Council's community and civil enforcement team revealed that fines of between £75 and £200 have been dished out to six people from the town in recent weeks after they were all caught dropping litter in the area.

The authority is now urging people in the town to not ignore advice about littering in a bid to help put an end to 'irresponsible and unacceptable behaviour'

Sonia Andjelkovic (pictured), deputy leader for regulatory services at the council, spoke to the Mail.

She said: "We have already spoken about the pride East Staffordshire has in its fantastic towns, villages and open spaces.

"We want to make it clear, that if anybody acts irresponsibly to spoil our local environment, we will not hesitate to take further action."

A spokesman for the borough council said: "We ask residents and visitors to dispose of litter properly and not drop it indiscriminately.

"However a minority of residents or visitors to the borough choose to ignore this advice and throw their litter down, leaving it for the council to clean up.

"This is both irresponsible and unacceptable behaviour and ultimately costs the council taxpayer.

"East Staffordshire Borough Council has recently prosecuted six people from Burton and a visitor from Tamworth, all for offences of leaving litter and will not tolerate this irresponsible behaviour.

"The visitor was fined £200 with £180 costs and £20 victim surcharge and six Burton residents were fined between £75 and £200 plus £180 costs and £20 victim surcharge each with a further prosecution case adjourned until October 2014."

Anyone found dropping litter will receive a fixed penalty notice of £75 or face the prospect of a court appearance.

Anyone who would like to report incidents of littering can do so by calling the community and civil enforcement on 01283 508856 or by emailing community.civil_enforcement@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

This comes only days after the Mail revealed that a man from Burton and a woman from Newhall were both fined after being found guilty to dumping litter at various sites in the town.

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  • papilio  |  August 23 2014, 4:17PM

    Oh they got the visitor from Tamworth at last. I hope it's the one that's been dropping their supermarket receipts over Newton Road recreation ground? And the other poster of course they won't it's too much hassle they will probably content themselves with some poor individual dropping a fag end?

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  • frustratedresident  |  August 23 2014, 1:54PM

    May I suggest Sonia and her merry men get themselves down to Bargates and issues the travellers with some fines..........nope, didn't thing so : )

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  • frustratedresident  |  August 23 2014, 1:29PM

    This is madness, I'm all for a clean town and people taking litter home but a certain group with caravans have just wrecked an area of Gresley Common including using it as a toilet for 2 weeks, leaving behind a mountain of hedge and tree cuttings along with loads of general waste so please could someone from the council tell us how many fines have been handed out to these offenders, or is it, as annoying as they are, just the easy targets who drop a crisp packet in town that pay the price.

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