Council TRIPLES fines as war on fly-tippers, litter louts and cycling menaces intensifies

Bins, Waste and Recycling
12:54, Tuesday, 12th December 2023

The council’s crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Scunthorpe and Brigg has escalated – with stronger powers coming into force and some fines tripled.

Cycling in pedestrianised areas is now totally banned, with anyone caught immediately given a fixed penalty notice. So too people drinking in the street.

Previously, the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), meant that people cycling could only be fined in they refused to dismount, and street drinkers had to be dealt with by the police.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We will not stop until we eradicate this behaviour. People need to use one of the thousands of bins provided, get off their bikes and push or dispose of their household waste responsibly – it really is not that difficult.

“We have repeatedly asked people to stop doing these things, we have repeatedly told them how their behaviour impacts on others and, while we are starting to see some changes, it is clearly not enough.

“Local taxpayers will not pick up the bill for irresponsible behaviour.”

The increases come after the Government developed new legislation in the summer, increasing the upper limits for various fixed penalty notices.

North Lincolnshire Council has increased fines for:

  • Littering from £150 to £200
  • Fly-tipping from £400 to £1,000
  • Household Waste Duty of Care from £400 to £600
  • Graffiti and Fly-posting from £150 to £500

Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for communities, urban, added: “We consulted earlier in the year on stronger measures to tackle the scourge of anti-social behaviour and the response from the public was overwhelmingly in support of tougher action.

“The vast majority of people don’t make the area a mess for others or cause problems – but for the few that do we are going to hit them even harder in the pocket, clearly they have not listened to our requests, pleas and demands.

“The Government provided the opportunity for us to increase the fines for these offences, residents have supported us, and we have done.”

For more details go to the PSPO page on our website. Details of the new fines are on the Fixed Penalty Notices page of our website.