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Public to discuss proposed spitting ban

Published Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Residents will have their chance to talk about the proposed ban on spitting at a meeting organised by Enfield Council on Thursday January 26.

The Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be discussing the proposed ban, after a petition backing it attracted more than the 1,375 signatures required to oblige the committee to debate the idea. A total of 2,750 signatures was required to automatically refer the petition to a meeting of the Full Council, and petition organisers are still keen for residents to come forward so they can hit that target.

The Overview and Scrutiny Panel have the power to refer the matter to a full Council meeting and the matter can be referred in turn to the Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke, asking him to give Enfield Council permission to introduce the by-law.

If Enfield manages to ban spitting, it will become the first council in England to do so.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Spitting is a disgusting habit and most people in Enfield want to see it banned.

"This meeting is a fantastic opportunity for people to come and have their say, and show how strongly people feel about banning spitting. We've had a great response to the campaign so far, in fact we would already have reached our target of 2,750 signatures, but unfortunately we've had to write off 700 signatures because of missing addresses, names or signatures so we know the will is there to change the law.

"People can still sign the e-petition and I'd urge residents who want to help our attempt to ban spitting to get in touch and sign the petition if they haven't already." 

People can also still sign a paper petition by writing to Cllr Bond for the forms or go online to


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