Fixed Penalty Notices
You can be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for dog fouling and littering.
Litter can be:
- Cigarette butts
- Chewing gum
- Food wrappers
- Bags of rubbish fly tipped on the street
Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) must be paid within the time stated on the notice to avoid prosecution.
What is a Fixed Penalty Notice?
A FPN is a notice that can be issued by our Community Wardens when a person commits an offence in any public or private place.
You have committed an offence that could result in prosecution. An FPN gives you the opportunity to avoid court. The committed offence is written on the FPN.
Littering offences relate to dropping litter and then walking away so even if you pick up your litter after being approached, you have still committed the offence and will receive a FPN.
We’re not required to place signs in every street, road, highway or open space/park to inform people about not dropping litter, even without a sign you’ve still committed an offence.
As with signage, it isn’t possible to place litter bins in every street in the town, although we do try to place bins where they are most needed.
You are responsible for ensuring you stub the cigarette out properly on the stubbing plate provided or on the floor before being put it inside the bin. Cigarette waste is the same as any other waste.
Yes because the littering offence has still been committed even if litter is not visible.
The amount that you have to pay is written on your FPN. It must be paid within 14 days, however you can receive a discount if you pay within seven days.
- Littering FPN is £80
- Dog fouling FPN is £5
No, the council cannot accept payment in instalments.
Failure to pay the FPN may result in prosecution. If convicted, you may receive a much larger fine and a criminal record.
No, you cannot appeal. If you choose not to pay the FPN, you are opting for your case to be heard in court.
No, Community Wardens cannot accept any form of payment. There are a number of ways you can choose to pay the fine, which can be found on the FPN.