Litter Enforcement Team Hit The Town Centre

By Mike Ashworth | September 11, 2014

The double standards exhibited by St Helens Council are astonishing.

Today I witnessed two gentleman in Church Street issue a lady with a fine for putting the butt of her cigarette on the floor after smoking.

Where else was she to put it? The cigarette tray on the bin in Church Street outside Boots was full and the bin that was damaged by a delivery vehicle months ago has never been replaced.

It appears to me that the two gentleman were making many notes about the littering in Church Street probably so they can work out how much money can be raised from this when more cuts come through in the next financial year.

Walk a few minutes to outside Town Hall and its a completely different story however… 5 litter bins within a stonesthrow of the building.

So you have to ask,  do they want to have a litter free environment (many bins outside town hall would suggest yes) or do they want to have a nice revenue stream from fining people £50 as the lady was today, when no places to dispose of litter are available.

It should also be noted that the two gentleman below, aside from wearing a top with a logo on had no other official ID, paperwork or anything  on display via a lanyard or similar.


The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 makes it an offence for a person, who an enforcement officer proposes to give a fixed penalty notice to, to fail to give their name and address when required to do so, or for them to give false or inaccurate name or address details.

If you refuse to give your details I understand they have the power to detain you until a police officer arrives.

The two gentleman would have been better employed approaching people who had just littered, telling them what they’d just done, and asking them to remedy the problem by picking up the litter and taking it with them. Unless of course they are employees of Xfor, who many Councils are using to “enforce” the littering policy.

Disclaimer. I hate litter as much as next person however I aslo loath double standards and councils who place obstacles in the way of litter prevention.

Update: I was in town earlier and thought I’d ahve a chat with one of the guys, the fellow on the right in the photo as it goes. The moment I stopped to chat to him one of the other “enforcement” team joined him, perhaps they thought I was going to kick off, who knows. What I can tell you is this. I’m a big lad, yet I felt a little intimadted by their demeanour. Now imagine if that were women they were approaching? Interestingly I and my friend have only observed them giving “tickets” to women, not men, not young groups of lads etc.

Also, the fine is not £50 it is £75. It is £50 if you pay it within 10 days I believe.

The chap I spoke to said everyone in St Helens knows about this “zero tolerance” policy. It’s been in the paper, on social media. Really? I asked a few people and nobody recalls hearing about it.

He said that he’d much prefer not to have to do this and instead for the town to be free of litter. Hmmmm, i’m not convinced, it’s a fantastic revenue stream for the council. If they issue 30 tickets a day, thats over £800,000 per year. Nice!




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3 Responses to “Litter Enforcement Team Hit The Town Centre”

  1. Gill bytheway
    7:34 pm on November 27th, 2014

    Hi some one stopped me today has I dropped a cigarette butt in the floor u hadn’t been to at.helens in ages so I didn’t realise about this law but they didn’t give me a fix penalty notice there and then he said they don’t do that anymore he took my details and said I would get it in the post is this correct or should I of been issued it there and then you hear slit about people trying to scam

  2. Daryl
    6:32 am on September 3rd, 2015

    I was issued with one last year for dropping a cigarette butt on the floor outside wizards although I’m not paying it on the grounds that St Helens is a shit hole full of pound shops, pound bakeries and charity shops. The council charges an absolute fortune for rent and many businesses simply can’t afford to open of continued trading because of this yet the council has the cheek to fine people for a cig butt?! Maybe if it was a nice town centre that was clean and tidy with thriving businesses I could understand.

  3. jj
    5:51 pm on October 5th, 2015

    I see than walking harressing this lady all the way to asda she went in they wait out talking picture of her as she went in a car