Littering fines to rise

Legislation increasing the level of fines payable by people who are caught littering or fly-tipping has been approved by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

The change was welcomed by Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson, who sits on the committee. The legislation will increase fixed penalty notices for littering from £50 to £80 and for flytipping from £50 to £200 from 1 April 2014.

Speaking after the decision was announced, Mr Fergusson said: “The Committee wholeheartedly supports this legislation. Increasing the level of fine paid by people who litter and flytip sends a signal that this type of activity will not be tolerated. Not only do littering and flytipping have the potential to significantly harm the environment, the results are also extremely unsightly and very costly for local authorities to clean up.

“My constituents are quite rightly concerned that flytipping and littering has a huge detrimental impact on the beauty of Galloway and the wider Region, so I very much favour any measure that helps to fight the scourge that is littering, and I hope that this increased level of penalty acts as a further deterrent for those who think that littering and flytipping is somehow acceptable”.