Thurrock Council is set to almost double the cost of a littering fine.

They say that the increase will be enforced to "tackle forms of anti-social behaviour and help keep the borough clean."

Last November, legislation was introduced to allow councils to increase the level of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for littering, graffiti and fly-posting from £80 to £150 as part of the Litter Strategy for England. 

A council spokesman said: “The new rules, which increase charges to £150 per offence, will begin 1 April 2018. 

"The increase in fine values will help to deter those who choose to make our borough untidy.

“The council’s zero tolerance approach to littering and associated offences will continue through issuing Fixed Penalty Notices or where appropriate prosecuting through the criminal courts.”

Since April 2017, 2966 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to offenders and 100 successful prosecutions for non-payment of fines.

Thurrock Council is running a scheme called 'Clean it, Cut it, Fill it."
The purpose of the project is to clean the borough, cut the grass, and fill the potholes around the borough.