£100 penalty for antisocial behaviour
Council officers could soon be able to give out £100 on-the-spot fines to antisocial residents.
The new policy would give authorised Ashford Borough Council (ABC) officers the powers to issue fixed-penalty notices in issues of antisocial behaviour.
Ashford has the lowest level of antisocial behaviour in the county, with just 1,207 incidents in 2014/15.
That is the equivalent of 15.40 incidents per 1,000 people. The Kent average is 27.37.
The £100 penalty is the maximum level permitted by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Cllr Brad Bradford, portfolio holder for highways, wellbeing and safety, said: “There is the need to continually improve and provide mechanisms which provides extra deterrent.
“Setting the fixed-penalty notice fine at the highest level will clearly signal our position on enforcement and achieve this.
“Flytipping continues to be a concern in the borough and, while figures for these crimes aren’t represented in the police’s figures, council officers with the delegated powers will be able to help catch culprits.”
The proposals are due to be discussed at a cabinet meeting tonight (Thursday) at which members are expected to approve the plans.