Spitting ban campaign for Harrow moves forward

Susan Hall with Bob Neill MP

Susan Hall with Bob Neill MP

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Harrow Times: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

More than 3,000 people have backed a proposed ban on spitting on the streets of Harrow.

The plans were announced in January this year by Harrow Borough Council.

Since then the authority has been running a petition to collect public support for introducing a ban under the council’s by-laws.

Other councils in London including Waltham Forest Council and Enfield Borough Council have already banned spitting and issued on-the-spot fines to those caught offending.

Council leader Councillor Susan Hall said: “I’m thrilled that the response to the petition has been so positive.

“Spitting in public is a vile habit which can also pose a risk to health, and both it and littering can so easily make our pavements and streets look dirty and unpleasant.

“This isn’t just an issue the Conservatives are passionate about – all parties in Harrow are united on its importance.

“So by starting the process now, whoever forms the administration after the election will be in a much better position to start issuing notices in time for the summer.”

Any new by-law must be approved Department for Communities and Local Government and the council must show there is support from the community for the ban.

The council launched the petition at the start of the year to show that spitting was a significant problem in the borough and to show what counts as an offence and what cases may be exempt, such as sporting fixtures.

The plans have also been backed by Bob Neill MP, who was instrumental in authorising a similar ban in Enfield borough.

He said: “Spitting in public is an anti-social, unpleasant and unhealthy practice, and I’m very pleased to see that Harrow’s Conservative administration is committed to taking action against those who blight their communities with this behaviour.”

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2:57pm Fri 2 May 14

betty64 says...

this petion was a waste of the Council's money as it does require a bye law to introduce this ban .Well done Susan Hall more irresponsible spending from the Tory run coalition Harrow Counil
this petion was a waste of the Council's money as it does require a bye law to introduce this ban .Well done Susan Hall more irresponsible spending from the Tory run coalition Harrow Counil betty64
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3:36pm Fri 2 May 14

HornetJJ says...

I thought spitting in the street was already illegal!
I thought spitting in the street was already illegal! HornetJJ
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Fri 2 May 14

Harrow Alan says...

betty64 wrote:
this petion was a waste of the Council's money as it does require a bye law to introduce this ban .Well done Susan Hall more irresponsible spending from the Tory run coalition Harrow Counil
Maybe if you read the article instead of just pumping out your oh-so familiar attack line you'd actually notice the part where it says the council need to show public support for the idea to get the by-law introduced. That's quite clearly what the petition was for.

Perhaps read all the way to the end next time, if it's not too challenging for you.
[quote][p][bold]betty64[/bold] wrote: this petion was a waste of the Council's money as it does require a bye law to introduce this ban .Well done Susan Hall more irresponsible spending from the Tory run coalition Harrow Counil[/p][/quote]Maybe if you read the article instead of just pumping out your oh-so familiar attack line you'd actually notice the part where it says the council need to show public support for the idea to get the by-law introduced. That's quite clearly what the petition was for. Perhaps read all the way to the end next time, if it's not too challenging for you. Harrow Alan
  • Score: 5

6:48am Sun 4 May 14

rabbitz says...

Mostly its "Paan" thats spat out onto the pavement staining it thats the problem, while we are on the subject how about a byelaw regarding people who get drunk then vomit all over the pavement?
Mostly its "Paan" thats spat out onto the pavement staining it thats the problem, while we are on the subject how about a byelaw regarding people who get drunk then vomit all over the pavement? rabbitz
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Sun 4 May 14

Arsalen says...

Rabbitz what a stupid comment. Spitting is all manner of things .. saliva, tabacco, chewing hum and snot. Keep your silly comments to yuourself.

Susan Hall is wasting the councils time and money with these silly projects. There are bigger problems in harrow like POT HOLES, RUBBISH COLLECTION, FLY TIPPING and anti social behaviour. Spitting is at the lower end of the scale.
Rabbitz what a stupid comment. Spitting is all manner of things .. saliva, tabacco, chewing hum and snot. Keep your silly comments to yuourself. Susan Hall is wasting the councils time and money with these silly projects. There are bigger problems in harrow like POT HOLES, RUBBISH COLLECTION, FLY TIPPING and anti social behaviour. Spitting is at the lower end of the scale. Arsalen
  • Score: -6

5:58pm Sun 4 May 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Very sorry to see Harrovians wasting precious time trading insults instead of tackling problems which we all are facing.Instead of appreciating the fact that our borough is now preparing to be rid of the scourge of spitting,some of you are busy playing games and objecting to the monies spent on this.I cannot fathom what is going on in your mind, except you are reeling from pure prejudice!

Spitting is not just visually disgusting but is environmentally unfriendly and has huge health hazards.You should thank your stars that we are going to be rid of it.No use getting uptight and wanting to throw out the baby with the bath water.

I fully understand that some may dislike certain political parties or even particular prominent figures in our local society.That's fine--- but not if you stoop to simply howl "fowl"just because some policy has been made or monies spent on something such as spitting to benefit ALL of us,by a party or person you obviously can't stomach.

Please let us rise above our own petty feelings and consider the good of the whole community before launching into hurtful,hateful and churlish remarks of this sort.I for one give this a thumbs up and know so many who have done the same.
Very sorry to see Harrovians wasting precious time trading insults instead of tackling problems which we all are facing.Instead of appreciating the fact that our borough is now preparing to be rid of the scourge of spitting,some of you are busy playing games and objecting to the monies spent on this.I cannot fathom what is going on in your mind, except you are reeling from pure prejudice! Spitting is not just visually disgusting but is environmentally unfriendly and has huge health hazards.You should thank your stars that we are going to be rid of it.No use getting uptight and wanting to throw out the baby with the bath water. I fully understand that some may dislike certain political parties or even particular prominent figures in our local society.That's fine--- but not if you stoop to simply howl "fowl"just because some policy has been made or monies spent on something such as spitting to benefit ALL of us,by a party or person you obviously can't stomach. Please let us rise above our own petty feelings and consider the good of the whole community before launching into hurtful,hateful and churlish remarks of this sort.I for one give this a thumbs up and know so many who have done the same. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 3

9:54am Mon 5 May 14

diligaf says...

Who cares? there are simplt not enough resources to deal with this... the blue coat brigade again wasting money, well done Suzie another load of politcial c**p
Who cares? there are simplt not enough resources to deal with this... the blue coat brigade again wasting money, well done Suzie another load of politcial c**p diligaf
  • Score: -3

7:48pm Mon 5 May 14

surfnutt says...

Arsalan you need to learn to spell before commenting Got the first part of your name correct there.
Arsalan you need to learn to spell before commenting Got the first part of your name correct there. surfnutt
  • Score: 2

9:09am Wed 7 May 14

charrow says...

is it really enforceable? are we to see spitting wardens walking alojg our high streets now? maybe try and deal with the problem drinkers hanging around bookies first?
is it really enforceable? are we to see spitting wardens walking alojg our high streets now? maybe try and deal with the problem drinkers hanging around bookies first? charrow
  • Score: 1

3:07am Thu 8 May 14

diligaf says...

It will never ever work... whos going to police it? whos going to stop all the clandestines who chew Khat and spit every where... another blue coat brigade idea to waste tax payers money, after the elections they wont be able to keep it up...
It will never ever work... whos going to police it? whos going to stop all the clandestines who chew Khat and spit every where... another blue coat brigade idea to waste tax payers money, after the elections they wont be able to keep it up... diligaf
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Thu 8 May 14

diligaf says...

Charrow... Well Said :)
Charrow... Well Said :) diligaf
  • Score: -1

8:34am Fri 9 May 14

surfnutt says...

All hot air its all about money but they are getting the money off us the taxpayers and they are squandering it on projects instead of targeting problems
All hot air its all about money but they are getting the money off us the taxpayers and they are squandering it on projects instead of targeting problems surfnutt
  • Score: -1

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