ALMOST 5,000 fines have now been given out to people dropping litter – and the vast majority are for cigarette butts.
Figures released by Havant Borough Council show 4,815 fines have been handed out to people in Havant town centre since the zero-tolerance crackdown started in May last year.
We will continue all the time there are dirty, filthy people dropping litterCouncillor Tony Briggs
A total of 4,659 of the £75 fines were for dropping cigarette ends.
General litter came to 153 fines, with three fines given out for dog fouling.
The scheme is managed by private firm Kingdom, which takes a share of the fine, meaning the initiative does not cost the council any money and is self-funding.
In theory, the scheme’s total revenue, if all the fines are paid, would be around £361,000.
However, many fines are not paid and Havant Borough Council has to seek prosecutions through the courts.
Councillor Tony Briggs, who leads litter enforcement for the authority, said no profit is generated from the scheme and income that is not taken by Kingdom goes to pay for legal costs for pursuing court cases.
Any money left over has paid for extra litter bins, he said.
Regarding the number of fines, Cllr Briggs told The News: ‘It just shows we are doing the right thing. Four thousand or so people have littered our borough instead of taking the rubbish to a litter bin.
‘There’s nothing worse than walking through a shopping area that’s littered with dog ends.
‘It’s unsightly, unhygienic and it’s litter.
‘People need to take responsibility. It’s the same old story
‘If you don’t drop litter, you don’t get fined.’
He said the zero-tolerance crackdown would continue.
Cllr Briggs added: ‘There’s no point running a scheme and then stopping it.
‘We will continue all the time there are dirty, filthy people dropping litter.’