I was particularly ungemused to read about another council using a petty infringement of rules and regulations in order to raise some money by levying a fine.
In this particular case Cyril Falls was fined £150 by Down District Council for throwing an apple core out of his car into a hedge.
Mr Falls is of the view that it was OK to throw the apple core because it is biodegradable. Unfortunately Nanny's enforcement officer, who was in the car behind him, was not of the same view and took down Mr Falls's registration number.
The BBC note that Mr Falls was initially given a £50 fine, which he said he forgot to pay.
When he got a reminder about it, his solicitor thought they should contest it.
Sadly the judge upheld the council's case, and Mr Falls was fined £150 and made to pay the court's costs.
In a statement, Down District Council said:
"A fixed penalty notice was issued for an offence under The Litter Order.Cough!
The fixed penalty was not paid and council had no option but to prosecute for the original offence of depositing litter. "
The council had every option, it simply chose to go for the most lucrative option ie the money!
Councils are the enemies of the people.
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