Warnings and fines for town litterbugs

A crackdown on litter is to take place in the Daventry district.
A crackdown on litter is to take place in the Daventry district.

Patrols of Daventry town centre will be cracking down on litterbugs ahead of a major clean up taking place later this month.

Officers from Daventry District Council’s (DDC) environmental improvement team will be going out and about in the town – including weekends and evenings – in the run pup to the event on Thursday, October 23.

People spotted littering will get an informal warning but anyone caught littering after the clean up day will get a fixed penalty notice and a fine of £75.

DDCs environment portfolio holder, Cllr Daniel Cribbin, said: “As well as being unsightly, the dropping of litter can cause health hazards and is a criminal offence. It can cause a real blight in our communities and we are working hard as a council to tackle it.

“These patrols will target the sorts of times when we know a lot of littering occurs, such as weekends and Saturday nights in particular.

“Informal warnings will be given out at first but anyone caught littering in Daventry town centre after October 23 will receive a fine. We do not want the good work of our partners and hard-working volunteers to be undone by a minority of irresponsible people with no regard for the community.”

DDC and its contractor Enterprise Managed Services is teaming up with McDonald’s, Daventry Town Council and town centre businesses, including Tesco, for the clean-up day.

Litter and rubbish will be removed, weeds will be cleared, selected overgrown flower beds will be tidied and footpaths will be scrubbed during the day.

Town centre businesses are being asked to support the effort by providing volunteers, lending equipment and either cleaning private land behind their premises or allowing volunteers access.

McDonald’s will be providing up to 50 volunteers but members of the public can help out during the day by giving up as much or as little time as they can.

The town council has provided its offices in New Street as a base of operations and anyone who can help the clean-up is asked to report there on the day. Litter picking equipment including brushes will be available and there will be support from DDC and its partners.