Stop It, Don't Drop It

We are working hard to help keep the district clear of litter by introducing a new litter enforcement campaign.

From Monday 8 May Environmental Enforcement Officers will be able to issue fines of £75 for anyone caught littering, including cigarette butts and chewing gum, and £50 for anyone failing to clean up after their dog.

The aim of the Stop It, Don't Drop It campaign is to reduce littering and dog fouling across Hart, so residents can take pride in their local communities and visitors will notice how clean our district is. East Hampshire District Council will be operating the scheme on behalf of Hart District Council and it will be self-funded.

Online payment service for fines

If you have received a Fixed Penalty Notice you can use our online payments service and find the category 'Fixed Penalty Notices - Littering and Dog Fouling' under More Payments. If you have any questions about your fine please see our FAQs section or email environmental.enforcement@easthants.gov.uk.

Report a Litter Hotspot

Is there an area in your local community that is a 'hotspot' for littering or dog fouling? If you know an area that our Environmental Enforcement Officers should visit, please use our online reporting form to tell us about it.


Enquiries

Email: environmental.enforcement@easthants.gov.uk 

Phone: 01730 234335


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Fixed Penalty Notice?
A Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) is a fine issued by the Council in respect of low-level environmental or public health crime. If an authorised officer of the Council believes that you have committed an offence then they may decide to offer you a FPN.

A FPN is a fine that can be issued to an individual or business for a range of environmental or public health offences as an alternative to prosecution at court. Offences include:

  • Littering (e.g. cigarette butts, chewing gum, packaging)
  • Failure to clear up after a dog fouled.

What happens if I don’t agree that I committed the offence for which I have received a Fixed Penalty Notice? Can I appeal?
There is no formal right to appeal, however the Council will accept representations from you within 14 days of the issue of this notice. If you wish to make representations relating to the issue of this Fixed Penalty you can do so by writing to the Fixed Penalty Contract Manager, East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX quoting the reference number.

What happens if I fail to pay the FPN?
Reminder letters will be sent. Failure to pay will mean that you are very likely to receive a summons to attend a magistrates court hearing.

What happens if I wish to challenge the issue of a FPN?
Authorised officers of the Council will only issue a FPN where they consider that there is adequate evidence of an offence that will support a prosecution in court. However, if you believe that you did not commit the offence in question or that the issue of the FPN was incorrect, you can challenge the Council in two ways:

  • If you wish to make representations relating to the issue of this Fixed Penalty you can do so by writing to the Fixed Penalty Contract Manager, East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield Hants, GU31 4EX quoting the reference number.
  • Opt not to pay the FPN and attend court, if summonsed, to present your case.

Should the case proceed to court the Council will, in addition to any fine imposed, seek to recover its costs associated with the prosecution. The Council retains the right to review any FPN issued before prosecuting. However, in most cases the Council will proceed to prosecute for non-payment of FPNs.

I did not see any signs warning me that it is an offence to drop litter.   
There is an expectation that an individual should dispose of their litter in an appropriate receptacle. There is no requirement within the Environmental Protection Act that requires a council to erect warning signs.

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