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Should spitting be classed as littering in Boston?

By Boston Target  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

Should spitting be classed as littering in Boston?
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SPITTING may soon be classed a littering offence in Boston after a planned public consultation.

A new strategy aimed at cleaning up Boston has been recommended for adoption by Boston Borough Council's Cabinet.

The council's first environmental enforcement strategy aims to protect the health, safety, amenity, environment and local economy of and for people living in, working in and visiting the borough.

Action on littering, fly tipping, dog fouling, graffiti, urinating in the streets, fly posting and abandoning a vehicle will all be covered by a new strategy.

Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for community safety, said: "We will not shy away from prosecution.

"The activities of a few cause considerable distress and damage the reputation of our town."

Cllr Michael Brookes, portfolio holder for waste services, said: "We want to improve environmental quality and attractiveness by reducing environmental crime across the borough. We will enforce, but want to educate. It is far better that people accept that they have got a responsibility to keep the borough clean. Enforcement will be the last resort but we will be firm with fixed penalty notices."

He said individuals and groups and organisations which help the council with this work are to be acknowledged with new environment recognition awards.

There will be consultation with the public over a plan to make spitting an offence under littering legislation.

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  • alp141  |  December 16 2013, 9:33AM

    Spitting deliberately anywhere is a disgustingly filthy disease spreading habit, we must return to the days when it was prohibited in all public places. And the sooner the better.

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  • Menshy  |  December 15 2013, 8:47PM

    How about a strategy for dealing with terminal tax-payer funded cash loss through maintaining waste of space money pit councils with no real portfolio?

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  • 4caster  |  December 15 2013, 8:35PM

    I agree spitting is a dirty habit. Our idolised sportsmen should also set an example and refrain from spitting on the football or athletics fields, on penalty of suspension.

    Rate   6
  • FreeForester  |  December 15 2013, 10:28AM

    Have we forgotten in this country about TB? Spitting used to be prohibited on public transport, mainly due to the prevalence of TB. Children no longer get TB vaccinations at school; TB is already becoming another disease we shall be unable to control. Spitting may be nasty, but think on. Google TB. That is even nastier.

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