Call from Eric Pickles to end bin fines in Sussex is ‘pointless gesture’ says Brighton and Hove councillor (From The Argus)
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Call from Eric Pickles to end bin fines in Sussex is ‘pointless gesture’ says Brighton and Hove councillor
4:40pm Wednesday 17th July 2013 in News
A Government minister’s call to end bin fines has been labelled “a pointless gesture” after figures showed that Sussex councils have not been issuing them for years.
Local authorities in Brighton and Hove, Horsham, Eastbourne, Mid Sussex and Crawley have all confirmed that they have not issued any fines for people leaving their bins out over the past two financial years.
Councils said that they did not have a problem with bins left out, and sought to educate rather than penalise.
The findings come after minister Eric Pickles triumphantly declared at the start of this month that new laws will ensure that householders will no longer be penalised by their council if they accidentally put their rubbish out early or put the wrong item in the wrong bin.
The Government’s new legal test of public nuisance or ‘harm to local amenity’ is designed to ensure that powers are used only against the very small minority of people who allowrubbish to pile up, or those who fly-tip or dump their rubbish.
Mr Pickles said: “For too long barmy bin rules have allowed local authorities to slap fines on law-abiding people who make innocent mistakes.”
“Rather than wasting time on useless legislation, Pickles should be focussing on the devastating cuts his Government is imposing on local services.”
A Crawley Borough Council spokesman said: “We do not have an issue with bins being left outside on the wrong day and the council doesn’t have a policy of fining people who do.”
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