A NEW 'hard line' drive to clamp down on litter louts has been launched.
The pilot enforcement scheme, which will see wardens patrolling the borough's parks and town centres with the powers to issue fixed penalty notices, will target anyone caught dropping rubbish, cigarette butts or spitting chewing gum.
They will also fine anyone caught failing to clean up after their dog, or allowing their pet off its lead on a pavement or in a public open space. Offenders will have to verify their name and address when issued with an £80 penalty notice.
The fee is reduced to £50 if it is paid within 10 days.
The fines are not collected on-the-spot and are paid over the phone or by cheque, and people who don't pay face prosecution.
Councillor Douglas Mills, cabinet member for improvement, partnerships and community safety, said: “Dropping litter in the street or not cleaning up after a dog is unacceptable and we plan on taking a hard line against it.
"This is something residents have told us they want and we hope doing this will mean cleaner streets and help us take this kind of anti-social behaviour out of the picture in Hillingdon."
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