Dean Lockhart MSP has today called for on-the-spot penalties for anyone caught dropping rubbish across the Stirling Council area to be increased to £100.
The call comes following a series of incidents across the region including at rural beauty spots such as Ardeonaig on Loch Tay and also complaints from businesses in Stirling city centre regarding an increase in littering on streets in the town.
Figures to be discussed at Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee on Thursday show that there were only 10 penalties for fly-tipping and 89 penalties issued for littering between August and October 2018.
Mid-Scotland and Fife Scottish Conservative MSP Dean Lockhart said increasing the fines would be “one way to make people stop and think before just throwing something away”.
There has been no increase the penalties for littering in Scotland since 2013, with the level currently set at £80. In England, fines range from £50 to £150.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
“Litter is a blight on our landscape and our communities, and it is clear from recent reports and conversations with constituents that the problem is actually getting worse.
“A small minority are spoiling our streets, parks and countryside for the law-abiding majority.
“Increasing the default fine for littering is one way to make people stop and think before just throwing something away.
“This significant fine for littering is also a proportionate punishment for anyone who is caught and I would like to see the number of penalties issued to individuals increase and more powers given to local authorities to deal with the growing problem.’’