Council issues clear message, "we do not tolerate dumped litter."

Date: 
Monday, February 17, 2020

A motorist was ordered to pay a £100 fine after cameras spotted her dumping rubbish from her car at a lay by.

The Great Wakering resident was picked up by council cameras on 7 February 2020, as she pulled into the lay by in Mucking Hall Road, which, at this time was clear of any rubbish. As the vehicle left the lay by the remains of fast food packaging was left behind.

After investigation Rochford District Council issued the vehicle owner with a Fixed Penalty Notice which imposes drivers with a £100 fine. The fine was paid within 10 days, which reduced it to £50.

The registered keeper of the vehicle is responsible for paying the fine for anyone committing a littering offence from inside the vehicle.

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment Councillor Arthur Williams said: "One of the council’s key priorities is to keep our district clean and tidy and be an attractive place to live and visit.

"The vast majority of people work with us and dispose of their litter responsibly. There is no excuse, throwing rubbish from vehicles spoils the environment, is an additional cost to tax payers and puts road workers’ lives at risk when they have to clear up.

“The council will not tolerate people who insist on throwing their litter in the streets, or from vehicles, and we will act accordingly.”