Fines to be increased for fly tipping in 2014

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Angus North and Mearns MSP Nigel Don has welcomed a legislation that will see a fine increase for littering and fly tipping.

The legislation, considered by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, will increase fixed penalty notices for littering from £50 to £80 and for fly tipping from £50 to £200 from Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Mr Don, who is a member of the committee, said: “My constituents are quite rightly concerned that fly tipping and littering negatively impacts on the Angus North and Mearns area.

“Anything that helps to fight the scourge of littering is a good thing and I hope that this acts as a further deterrent for those who think that littering and fly tipping is acceptable”.

Convener of the Committee Rob Gibson MSP added: “Our Committee wholeheartedly supports this legislation. “Increasing the level of fine paid by people who litter and fly tip sends a signal that this type of activity will not be tolerated.

“Not only does littering and fly tipping have the potential to significantly harm the environment, it is also extremely unsightly and costly for local authorities to clean up.”