Officers with the power to issue fixed penalty notices are to start patrolling the city from June 22 in order to tackle littering, it's been announced.
Article continues after this message...
Trained officers will patrol known littering hot spots, issuing on the spot fines of £75 to members of the public who are “seen to discard litter inappropriately”, said the council.
This will be reduced to £55 if paid promptly.
The service was given the go ahead at a cabinet meeting in February and originally planned for introduction in April, although the start date has been delayed due to lockdown measures.
Cabinet member for stronger communities Cllr Dave Shields said: “It’s a great shame that a small minority of people do not dispose of their litter properly. As part of our vision for a greener, fairer and healthier Southampton, we’re asking everyone to show the love they have for our city by not dropping rubbish, dumping take-away food containers in our parks, emptying car ash-tray contents or discarding cigarette ends.
“It’s not only an eyesore, but is difficult and expensive for the council to constantly clear up, there’s also the environmental impact and – during the hot summer months – even a fire risk to consider. The introduction of the Enforcement Service will help to reduce the amount of litter in the city.”