ON-the-spot fines for littering, flytipping and graffiti could soon be increased in Wyre Forest as the council considers a new Environmental Enforcement Policy.

If adopted, the policy would see fixed penalty notices rise from £150 to £500 for littering, graffiti, and fly posting offences.

For flytipping, offenders could face charges of £1,000, compared to the current maximum of £400.

However, the fine would be reduced if paid within a specified period.

The government introduced a new regulation in July, allowing councils to increase the upper limits.

Wyre Forest District Council's Cabinet is now considering implementing the maximum amounts set by the government for fixed penalty notices.

In the previous financial year, the council issued 156 fixed penalty notices, and any increased income raised through higher fines would be reinvested into tackling environmental crimes.

Councillor Ben Brookes, Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member for operational services said: “We want our district to be a safe and clean place for everyone to enjoy. These environmental crimes make the place look a mess, they are harmful to wildlife and the environment and cost a fortune to clear up. I can’t understand why people continue to think it is acceptable in the first place, but to then expect the taxpayers of Wyre Forest to foot the bill for cleaning up is infuriating.

"We hope that by introducing the new upper limits to fines it will deter people from harming our public spaces in the first place and make sure those who continue to offend face tougher consequences.”

The cabinet meeting starts at 6pm on Tuesday, September 12, and will be webcast.

Residents can watch the meeting online at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/streaming. A recording of the meeting will also be available to view.