Litter patrols stepped up to keep our district looking clean

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Statement from Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader

Our Spring Clean Campaign will make sure the district is looking its best, but it is up to us all to make sure it stays that way. 

That’s why we are increasing our litter enforcement patrols, to make sure anyone tempted to blight our high streets and beauty spots by dropping litter, thinks again. 

Since the beginning of March the council has ploughed resources into our street scene teams to get the district looking smart and clean. 

And today the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign is launched, to encourage local residents to organise their own community litter-picks in their local neighbourhoods. 

But all that work will be for nothing if we allow people to drop litter or discard cigarette butts and create an unsightly mess again. 

Litter left unchecked can degrade a community and increase the likelihood of more serious crimes in the future. It’s also bad for the environment and local wildlife. 

So, as part of our Spring Clean Campaign we will be increasing our enforcement patrols and targeting notorious hotspots, including in rural areas. 

Keeping the district tidy is one of our responsibilities as a council, but we all have a part to play. 

It is appalling to see people throwing fast-food wrappers or cigarette butts into the nearest hedge. 

That’s why our litter enforcement patrols run a zero tolerance policy, if you drop litter you can expect to receive a fine. 

Littering is a criminal offence and offenders can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 or a fine of up to £2,500 together with a criminal record. 

Get involved with your own community litter-pick!

You can get involved in cleaning up East Hampshire by arranging or joining a community litter pick as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, which starts today.

To take part and receive litter-picking tools and bin bags, and to have your collected litter disposed of, you must register your event through the button below.

Register your litter-pick