The fine for littering is set to go up to £150 in Craven after councillors agreed the increase.

New national regulations, introduced in April this year, mean councils can now increase the level of civil penalty notice for littering.

Craven District Council’s Policy Committee has agreed to raise the fine, from £80 to the maximum amount of £150.

Councillor Carl Lis, Craven District Council’s lead member for Greener Craven, said: “Cleaning up the streets and countryside currently costs the taxpayer around £800 million each year in England.

“Littering is unsightly, can be harmful to humans and animals and pollutes waterways. It is especially challenging and expensive for the Council to manage and control littering in a large rural district.

“I’m pleased that councillors have decided to adopt this increased fine which we hope will deter those who are tempted to damage our beautiful countryside.”

If the offender pays within 14 days, the amount will be reduced to £100, but if the fine is unpaid by the due date, the penalty amount doubles.

New regulations also allow the council to issue fines to a ‘keeper’ of a vehicle from where the litter was thrown, rather than establishing who the individual was who committed the offence.

Any extra income the council makes from these fines will be ring-fenced for the Cleaner Neighbourhoods service.

There were 25 fixed penalty notices served in 2017/18, totalling £2,000. The Cleaner Neighbourhoods Service in 2017/18 cost the Council £132,324, including overheads with on average 79% of officer time devoted to monitoring, enforcement and education.

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