Local MP Kris Hopkins backs anti-litter crackdown

Keighley and Ilkley MP Mr Hopkins has thrown his weight behind a new Government-led crackdown on litter louts.


Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has published the first ever Litter Strategy for England which seeks to reduce the amount of litter being dropped and encourage a cultural shift to make littering socially unacceptable.


Key elements include targeting the 25 worst litter blackspots across the country, giving powers to councils to fine the registered owners of vehicles from which litter is discarded and a proposed increased in the fixed penalty for littering to £150. 


Mr Hopkins commented:


“I am completely in support of this new drive against littering and the irresponsible, selfish individuals who believe it is for others to clear up their mess.


“Before entering Parliament, I was a local councillor for 12 years including four years as leader of Bradford Council.


“It was a source of constant frustration and anger for me that millions of pounds of public money were frittered away every financial year to clear up litter thrown needlessly on to our streets.


“This money could have been used to support our schools, help older people or fund community groups.  But instead it had to be spent on cleaning up filth dropped by thoughtless litter louts.


“I very much look forward to supporting these ambitious measures – including the stiffest possible penalties against the perpetrators – when they come before Parliament.”