The problem of litter is being tackled in Margate this week (Wednesday 25 October) as the next stage of the Thanet is Beautiful campaign gets underway.
The campaign, launched by Thanet Council in July, aims to show people how much there is to be proud of in Thanet, using beautiful images of the area, and warns people of the penalties they could face if they are caught dropping litter.
That message is being reinforced next week by Thanet Council’s team of Community Wardens, who will be out on patrol in Margate town centre, warning people who are seen dropping litter, dumping rubbish or allowing their dogs to foul. They’ll be told that they risk an £80 fine if they’re caught again.
Cllr. Ingrid Spencer, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Services, said: “We’re stepping up our campaign to remind people that Thanet is Beautiful and that they need to help us keep it that way by not dropping litter. This is a gentle and friendly reminder, but in the future, if anyone is seen dropping litter, they risk an on the spot fine of £80. Local people told us they wanted higher fines for anti-social behaviour and that’s why the fines have gone up now. It’s time the small minority of people who spoil our area in this way realised that the vast majority of our community are sick of their behaviour and want to see action being taken. That’s what today is all about.”
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said: “People have told us that they want to see cleaner streets and that’s what the Council has been delivering since we brought the street cleaning and waste and recycling service back in house in April. But we can’t do it alone. If people continue to litter the area, then they will face tougher penalties. It’s the same as vandalism and graffiti, all issues that our Environmental Action Programme is continuing to tackle. The Council is doing everything it can, but we need the community’s help as well. It’s time we all worked together to keep Thanet beautiful.”
Ed: It's not just litter. The dog wardens are now in action and your hound poops at its peril. I watched one warden home in on a Spaniel in the twilight of Sunday evening. Do they have night vision goggles? £50 fine apparently!