Smoking crackdown kicks in – but will anyone be made to cough up £50?

editorial image

FINES can now be issued on the spot to careless smokers who throw cigarette ends and packets on the ground.

East Dunbartonshire Council has launched a campaign to cut down on the blight of cigarette butts in town and village centres.

It has now moved from raising awareness about the problem to enforcement – with the threat of £50 on-the-spot fines.

Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, backed the offensive.

She said: “There’s no excuse for people not bothering to put their rubbish in the bin, whether that is a crisp packet, a drinks can or a cigarette butt.

“I receive so many letters, e-mails and calls from local residents who are annoyed that litter is spoiling our towns and green spaces.

“I’m glad to see that the council is taking the problem of litter seriously and I welcome this campaign.”

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod added: “Litter is litter whether it’s drink cans, dog mess or cigarette butts. We should all show our pride and appreciation for our neighbourhood and keep it beautiful.

“It’s good to see the council taking this seriously and I hope the fines prove to be a real deterrence.”

Councillor John Dempsey, vice convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, said: “It’s important that people know that there will be consequences for their anti-social behaviour. We know that responsible residents are fed up with litter and the selfish attitudes of those who drop it.”

* Have you got a story, picture or comment? E-mail

Alternatively you can call the newsdesk 0141 775 0040, find us on Facebook or visit us on Twitter

Or you can log in below and have you say on the site...