Enfield Council in bid to outlaw spitting

image captionCouncillor Bond said spitting was 'obnoxious and filthy'

A borough in London is hoping to introduce a by-law to ban spitting in the street, with on-the-spot fines for offenders.

Enfield Council, north London, has written to Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke for clearance to introduce the rules.

The council says spitting is both anti-social and a health hazard.

The Ministry of Justice said it was unable to comment on the matter at present.

Councillor Chris Bond, cabinet member for environment said: "Spitting in public is not only disgusting and anti-social it is a health hazard.

"We have looked at introducing a by-law to ban it in parks and public spaces in Enfield but it looks like we would need the approval of the Secretary of State.

"It would be great if Ken Clarke allowed us the flexibility to introduce a new by-law which would improve the quality of life for our residents and the borough's health."

Spitting was an offence carrying a £5 fine until 1990.

It is likely the fines would be enforced by litter wardens.

Councillor Bond added: "It is my belief that most people find spitting a wholly obnoxious, filthy habit which can spread germs and causes health issues.

"Residents have come to us to complain about spitting and we call for other London boroughs to also push for the introduction of this new by-law."

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