Here are the latest stats for the number of Fixed penalty Notices issue for dropping litter in Hammersmith and Fulham:
November 2014: 0
December 2014: 0
January 2015: 0
This confirms the trend since Labour took over. Under the Conservatives a thousand litter bugs a year used to each get fined £80. This – remarkably – had an impact on discouraging them from dropping litter and helped ensure that we had cleaner streets.
Under Labour the message has gone forth from Hammersmith Town Hall – that litter bugs can act with impunity.
Labour have no mandate for this change council policy.
It is a complete disgrace.
This is a real shame. Whether a deliberate policy change or an accidental redeployment of resources, we are in no position to say that the war against litter has been won and cease a measured, reasonable and I have no doubt effective enforcement practice. The thousand-odd PCNs given out each year under the Conservative administration was actually a modest number, equating to roughly one per day for each of the borough’s three ‘town centres’ (Fulham Broadway, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush). But each person handed a £80 fine will tell their friends and colleagues about it, and slowly but surely the message will sink in and behaviour will change. It’s not just this borough – the entire UK has a litterbug lurking deep within the national psyche – but we have to keep bearing down until our streets and verges are like those in most of the rest of the developed world.