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Local Authority duty to clear litter

Comment 23rd August 2010

It is currently the Local Authority's duty to clear litter from 'relevant land' which includes public highway, open space and other similar areas.

However, Councils don't have a litter dropping team that goes around and drops litter everywhere.  The people that drop litter cause Council Tax payers a lot of problems and communities should clear up after themselves.

The duty in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 should be removed and the ability for anybody to ask a Magistrate's Court to get an order for a Council to clear litter should also be removed.

Why does this matter?

As part of the BIG SOCIETY, communities should be responsible for their own areas and not cause Councils to spend everybodies Council Tax on just clearing the dirty areas.

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