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.