Anti-litter brigade set to drive home message with £100 fines

Smokers who drop their cigarette butts onto streets around Colchester could be in for a nasty burn in their pocket as council chiefs confirm plans to hand out on-the-spot fines for would be litter bugs.

An enforcement team of six officers from private security firm Artemis, will be patrolling Colchester town centre this weekend (Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November) between 6pm and 3am.

During these times, those being witnessed breaching Bylaws or the town’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) could be issued Fixed Penalty Notices, for offences including drinking alcohol, taking drugs or urinating in public places, fly-posting and causing disturbance or intimidation.

Cllr. Martin Goss, Portfolio Holder for Waste at Colchester Council, said: “We are not going to let up putting pressure on those who blight our Town Centre whether through littering, urinating in the street or other anti-social behaviour. Colchester enjoys a bustling night-time economy and we want to ensure it remains a welcoming, clean and safe environment for all.”

The action is the forth in a series of enforcement events scheduled to take place over the coming months. To encourage smokers to ‘bin their butts’, the council has fitted new ashtrays and stub plates to its bins across the Town Centre.