The council has begun issuing fines to traders and residents who spoil the city by leaving rubbish bags out on the streets. Offenders will be sent a warning letter initially but if they fail to conform they will receive a £50 fine.
The letters inform residents of the day their rubbish will be collected, warning them that putting out black bags on the wrong day will lead to enforcement action being taken against them. If the letters are ignored legal action begins.
So far 194 warning letters have been sent out, and 21 fines imposed.
Leaving rubbish bags in the streets on the wrong day has been an ongoing problem for the city, with seagulls tearing them open and litter being strewn across the road.
The city’s enforcement team is focussing on the city centre working from George Road in Kemptown to George Street in Hove and Seven Dials to Hanover.
Over the last 3 weeks, 128 streets have been targeted, and up to December an additional 150 streets will be checked.
Environment councillor Gill Mitchell said: “Like many others I am fed up of seeing dumped rubbish spoiling the street, because one resident cannot be bothered to wait until collection day.
“The council is getting tougher against this minority who mess up our city, targeting the offending streets and taking much firmer action against those few individuals causing the problems.
“We will not let up and until everyone acts responsibly and if that means court action, so be it.”
Queens Park ward councillor Simon Burgess added: “In St James area alone 53 warning notices have been issued and it is already making a difference. “I am pleased this concerted effort by the council’s enforcement team will continue.”
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