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Enfield spitting ban bid approaches final hurdle

Published Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Enfield Council has submitted its final application to the government requesting permission to ban spitting in the borough.

If authorised to introduce a new bye-law of this nature by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Enfield Council will become the first local authority in England to ban spitting.

Enfield Council submitted proposals for a bye- law to ban spitting in February but the government requested additional information relating to public consultations and other issues before it could make a final decision.

The introduction of a spitting bye-law would mean that any person caught spitting would be guilty of an offence and could face prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000.

The original ban on spitting in the United Kingdom, which carried a £5 fine was rescinded by the government in 1992.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Spitting is a truly revolting habit and the vast majority of people in Enfield want to see it banned.

"Our campaign to end this practice has resonated with people all over the United Kingdom and we've had a number of other councils contact us and say they are considering a similar ban.

"We're now waiting for the government to make a final decision on our application, we sincerely hope they make the right choice and reflect the wishes of people, not only in Enfield but across the country so we can start to rid our streets of spittle."

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