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Fly posting and littering

Illegal advertising looks unsightly, can obstruct important road signs, and can therefore be dangerous to public health. Fly posting costs Councils in England and Wales millions of pounds every year to clean up because the offenders rarely remove their own posters and use adhesives that are difficult to remove.

The presence of litter degrades the environment and affects peoples' quality of life. Fly-tipping is a problem which causes pollution, degrades public areas, and costs local authorities millions each year to deal with.

Fly posting

Fixed Penalty Notices can be given to anyone found erecting signs, or posters, on public property (like lamp posts).

If you or your organization wish to advertise, using signs or posters, you will need to obtain permission from the Planning Department.  Without this you could receive a Fixed Penalty Notice.


Nobody wants to walk through rubbish in the street and parks not to mention that It looks unsightly.

Litter costs councils in England and Wales approximately £450 million every year to clean up.

The most commonly found litter is created by cigarette ends, closely followed by drink and confectionery related items and fast food litter which can affect public health because human rubbish attracts rats and mice.

We will look to use Community Protection Notices and Public Space Protection Orders on anyone found dropping or leaving litter in a public place, and even on private properties including car parks and open spaces with public access.

We will remove any items that have been dumped or fly tipped on public land. In most circumstances items will be removed in three working days, however some items (for example, asbestos) require specialist companies and may take longer to action.

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We will not remove items if they are on private land this is the owners responsibility and they can even be asked to remove it.

The Environment Agency is responsible for regulating and pursuing large incidents of fly tipping by individuals and businesses and fly tipping on private land.

What you can do

If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Feel free to use the diary sheet below to record your incident and then, please contact us. You may find the guidance leaflet useful or you could visit the Incident Diary page for more information.

Related documents

Size Name
[154kb] Anti-social incident diary Anti-social incident diary
[1018kb] Incident Diary Booklet Guidance Incident Diary Booklet Guidance

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.