Buxton man forced to pay the price for littering

The resident was fined £250 for dropping a cigarette butt there last year.

Dropping a cigarette butt in a town car park cost a Buxton man £250 after magistrates fined him for the offence.


Glyn Jones, of Hardwick Square South, was fined £220 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge for dropping litter at South Street car park on 6 June last year.


High Peak Borough Council brought the case after Mr Jones failed to pay the fixed penalty fine issued by the Enforcement Officer who witnessed him dropping the cigarette butt.


Councillor Jule McCabe, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Dropping any items of  litter, however small, has a cost – not just to the cleanliness and appearance of neighbourhoods but also to the public purse as the Council takes on responsibility for clearing it up.


“I hope this sends out a clear message that we will always seek to take action against the minority who show a disregard for our public places by issuing fixed penalties for littering and, where people fail to pay, taking court action.


“But, of course, this is all avoidable if you dispose of your litter responsibly in a public litter bin or take it home with you to dispose of there.”

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