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Do you welcome the litter cops? Dartford council launches consultation on the use of environmental officers in town centre

Litter louts could soon face a squad of uniformed officers dedicated to taking action against people who drop rubbish Dartford town centre.

Dartford council is seeking the views of residents before approving the use of a team of environmental enforcement officers to focus on issuing penalty notices to those who drop litter, cigarette butts, and people who don’t clear up after their dogs.

The initiative, proposed to begin in mid-January 2016, has been used in Gravesham since February and resulted in the issuing of thousands of tickets.

Litter bugs have been penalised in Swale. Stock Picture.
Litter bugs have been penalised in Swale. Stock Picture.

However, a third of those fined are still yet to pay the £75 charge and only 22 have been taken to court.

The council is also planning to “ramp up” its work with businesses to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly, as well as ensuring litter bins are emptied regularly and supporting to the work of groups already cleaning up communities around the borough.

Cllr Jeremy Kite, leader of the council, said: “We know that the vast majority of people dispose of their litter responsibly and clear up after their dogs but sadly there are a few that don’t.

Rubbish dumped in Dartford high street
Rubbish dumped in Dartford high street

“From January their selfishness will cost them dear. We’re hoping to get everyone’s support to ensure that Dartford is clean, tidy and safe.”

The council is urging residents to support the scheme, and is asking for their views until October 30.

To have your say in the consultation, visit www.dartford.gov.uk

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