New powers go into effect in London
London— New powers for local
authorities to deal with a plethora of environmental crimes went
into force April 6, 2006.
Measures under the Clean Neighbourhoods
and Environment Act cover everything from noisy burglar alarms
to abandoned trolleys and the perennial problem of litter.
The vast majority of measures
under the Act are now in force - other measures to combat issues
such as fly-tipping and abandoned vehicles were introduced last
This year, Defra will begin its
most detailed ever survey of local environment quality which will
be used to set new, challenging standards and target poor performers.
Minister for Local Environment
Quality, Ben Bradshaw, said local authorities now had a ‘complete
package’ of powers to make streets cleaner, safer and quieter.
Some of these include:
•On the spot fines for
littering raised to a higher maximum.
•Cigarette butts and chewing gum
formally defined as litter.
•It is an offense to drop litter anywhere, including private
land, rivers, ponds and lakes.
•Restrictions on the distribution of flyers, pamphlets
•Require fast food outlets, stalls and mobile food vans
to clear litter from their land.
•Require other businesses and individuals to clear litter
from their land which may be attracting more litter.
•On the spot fines raised
to a higher maximum for those caught fly-posting.
•On the spot fines for those who leave domestic waste
out at wrong times.
•Fines for businesses who are not registered to carry
•Fines for businesses if they fail to produce required
waste duty of care documentation.
•Gives local authorities
the power to remove abandoned cars from the streets immediately
and to dispose of removed cars more quickly.
•On-the-spot fines now available for abandoned vehicles.
The complete Act is available