Leigh Park cleaner hits out at council over £75 fine for dropping cigarette

Bin bags left by the Hermitage Stream in Leigh Park. It followed a litter pick by Havant Borough Council workers.
Bin bags left by the Hermitage Stream in Leigh Park. It followed a litter pick by Havant Borough Council workers.

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A MAN fined £75 for dropping a cigarette has accused a council of ‘double standards’ after rubbish was left to fester at a beauty spot.

Frank O’Sullivan was given a £75 fine after dropping a cigarette in Havant.

The cleaner, from Leigh Park, was then furious when Havant Borough Council bin bags were strewn across greenery next to the Hermitage Stream.

It came after a community litter pick on a Sunday, with the bags being provided by the council.

The bags were not picked up by the authority’s trucks until the next day and, by that time, they had already been ripped open by animals.

Mr O’Sullivan also took pictures of council bin bags left in West Street, Havant, which he claims were left to fester.

Bin bags that were left in West Street, Havant

Bin bags that were left in West Street, Havant

The 37-year-old said: ‘I have recently been issued with a fine from Havant Borough Council for dropping a biodegradable hand-rolled cigarette without a filter in.

‘I took it on the chin and paid the £75 fine.

‘How can they can justify such on the spot fines, when they leave bags of rubbish over the borough for three days at a time?’

He added: ‘They fine the residents of the borough due to cuts to help clean it up.

‘Yet they just leave it out for animals to spread around? Double standards?’

A council spokeswoman said the litter pick took place over a weekend at the Hermitage Stream and the bags were collected on the Monday.

Steve Perkins, executive head for environmental services, added: ‘The purple bags referred to are utilised in open rubbish bins and on occasions also made available to local groups to enable them to conduct litter picks and to support charitable events.

‘The aim is always to collect these bags at the end of each day.

‘Sadly it would seem that on this occasion they were left out for longer than we would have wished and 
then subject to animals ripping them open.’

Regarding the bags in West Street, a council spokeswoman said litter had been collected by council workers and the bags were left for the truck to pick up at the end of the day.

It would appear that the rubbish pile had been added to by people, she said, with the remains of a chair piled on top of the bags.

She said the rubbish was later collected by a refuse vehicle.