New spot fines for dropping litter

PUBLISHED: 04:46 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 May 2010

PEOPLE will be fined for littering, being noisy at night and accidentally activating their burglar alarms under new council laws. Officers at North Somerset Council want members to pass a series of new rules. Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment

PEOPLE will be fined for littering, being noisy at night and accidentally activating their burglar alarms under new council laws.Officers at North Somerset Council want members to pass a series of new rules.Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act, the council will be able to issue on the spot fines for littering, dog fouling and night-time noise.It will cost people £75 if they are caught littering and £100 if they are found to be too rowdy.Fines for letting intruder alarms ring out will also be enforced. A fixed penalty of £75 will be handed out if the alarm keeps going off accidentally.But some councillors have described the legislation as 'madness' and say it may act as a deterrent to people installing burglar alarms.Councillor Ian Parker said: "I think it's ridiculous. If someone drops litter then they have deliberately polluted the environment and should be punished."When it comes to mechanical malfunctions on alarms it's ludicrous to be fined for something that's out of your control."It could be a deterrent for people getting burglar alarms and it's legislation gone mad."Companies which fail to produce the Duty of Care Transfer Notices that show how and where their waste is processed will be fined £300.Firms which incorrectly store commercial waste will receive on the spot fines of £100.The council's executive member for Environment and Community, Deborah Yamanaka, said: "These are things that officers deal with at the moment and I'm sure there are circumstances when we need to use fixed penalty notices. Repeat offenders are when we usually issue fines. If there was a problem with a burglar alarm and the owner didn't do anything about it then we would fine them.

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