Brighton & Hove Council is taking no excuses from businesses who allow their customers or staff to discard cigarettes on the street. Businesses are being sent warning letters and listed on a league table or rogues gallery highlighting those who are and those who are not taking responsibility for cleaning up after smoking.
Cityclean enforcement officers have launched a new ‘Scores on the Floors’ initiative. This takes the form of spot checks on premises as part of a month long information and enforcement programme to encourage businesses to take responsibility for cleaning up discarded cigarette ends and other litter from outside their premises.
Inspections on 17 randomly chosen venues were carried out last week, between the hours of 5.30 and 6.30am, by CityClean’s operation and environmental enforcement inspectors. Each one was rated on a scale of A (good) - B (requires attention) and C (unacceptable) according to the state of the area surrounding the premises.
All those receiving a ‘good’ rating will receive a letter of appreciation from the council. They include the Cricketers in Black Lion Street, Old Orleans in Prince Albert Street, and The Roundhill Taven in Ditchling Road. Others will receive warning letters, which could lead to £100 fines.
The results show that although many businesses are taking their responsibility seriously, others are choosing to ignore the mess made by staff and customers outside their premises.
Most of the venues visited were pubs and clubs where litter from smoking is causing problems. However, the council also included its own buildings in the inspections and although Brighton Town Hall and Priory House received A grades, and the Brighton Centre a B, Bartholomew House was found to be among the worst offenders.
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, chairman of the environment committee said, “While fully supportive of the smoking ban I have been appalled at the increase in discarded cigarette ends on our streets and outside venues, and the reluctance of businesses to do anything about it.
“This crackdown by Cityclean enforcement officers will tackle the problem head on, while ensuring that responsible businesses are congratulated.
“Whilst I would have hoped that all council buildings received an A rating, I am happy to report that measures are already in place to ensure that the area outside Bartholomew House meets the same high standards as our other council buildings.”
He added that enforcement officers will be carrying out similar random inspections every month and will be expanding the scheme to cover the entire city.
‘Scores on the Floors’ results:
- "A" (Good)
- The Roundhill Tavern (Ditchling Road)
- New Bush Public House (Arundel Road)
- Battle of Trafalgar (Guildford Road)
- Old Orleans (Prince Albert Street)
- The Cricketers (Black Lion Street)
- Brighton Town Hall (Barts Sq)
- Priory House (Barts Sq)
- "B" ( Requires attention)
- The Eddy Public House (Upper Gloucester Road)
- The Prince Albert (Trafalgar Street)
- The Brighton Centre ( Kings Road)
- Pressure Point ( Richmond Parade)
- "C" (Unacceptable)
- Freebutt ( Phoenix Place)
- The Sussex Yeoman ( Guildford Road)
- The Fishbowl ( East Street)
- Spearmint Rhino (East Street)
- Bartholomew House ( Bartholomew Square)
- The Evening Star (Surrey Street)
- "A" will receive a "letter of appreciation" from the council.
- "B" will receive an "advisory letter"
- "C" will receive a warning letter which sets a date by which dramatic changes will be expected.
Any venue which receives a rating of "C" on two occasions will be issued with a statutory Street Litter Control Notice which can lead to £100 fines for every individual breach of the Notice. Alternatively the council can apply to a magistrates court for a "compliance" order.
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