Gloucester litter louts to get instant £80 fines

Litter louts in Gloucester will get an on-the-spot fine from September.

Anyone caught dropping litter will get an instant £80 fine and if they fail to pay they could end up in court facing a higher penalty.

The scheme is part of the council's "you said we did" campaign responding to comments from residents about wanting a cleaner city.

Up until the end of August people caught littering will be given advice and a warning.

Councillor Steve Morgan, cabinet member for the environment, said keeping the city clean cost £1m a year.

He said: "Ultimately this is a bill that local residents have to pick up. It's money that could be better spent.

"In the current economic climate it is vital that we direct our resources to where they are most needed."

A team of 12 council officers will patrol the city to enforce the scheme, which includes dog fouling and fly tipping.

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