Kilburn resident launches petition to get spitting banned in Brent

Nicola Patterson has launched an ePetition to have spitting outlawed

Nicola Patterson has launched an ePetition to have spitting outlawed - Credit: Archant

A Kilburn resident has declared war against street spitters by launching a petition calling for the action to be made illegal. Nicola Patterson is urging Brent Council to outlaw the act and impose hefty fines on those caught doing so in the borough. Ms Patterson, who runs her own I. business, said: “It is absolutely disgusting and unacceptable behaviour which should really be stamped out “Many people moan and grumble about this everyday but that’s all they do. They think someone else is going to fix the problem instead of being proactive.” “I am sure there is a lot of support for the petition so I am trying to provide a platform in which makes it easier for people to voice their concerns.” Dubbing the action as a “public health risk”, she added: “Not only does it make me heave but it is a very efficient way to transmit infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis.” Neighbouring Harrow Council launched a petition of their own in January this year aimed at driving public support for proposals to make spitting illegal. Other local authorities including Waltham Forest and Enfield have outlawed the act and introduced on the on-the-spot fines to perpetrators. The ePetition, which has already attracted more than 100 signatures and drawn support from Glenda Jackson, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, will be delivered to Brent and Camden Councils. Cllr Aslam Choudry, Brent Council’s lead member for crime prevention and public safety, said that the town hall was committed to eradicate the “disgusting behaviour” from the borough. He said: “We are seriously thinking about taking stronger steps against spitting because we recognise that it is a problem. “The biggest issue lays in enforcement. Issuing fines against offenders looks good on paper but it is extremely hard to enforce. “We are looking at practical solutions to the problems.” A Camden Council spokesman said: “Currently, Camden does not have any plans to introduce similar by-laws to ban spitting in the street. However, we will continue to monitor the effect in the boroughs where the powers are in place.” To sign the petition visit http://chn.ge/1lbETUr

A Kilburn resident has declared war against street spitters by launching a petition calling for the action to be made illegal.

Nicola Patterson is urging Brent Council to outlaw the act and impose hefty fines on those caught doing so in the borough.

Ms Patterson, who runs her own I. business, said: “It is absolutely disgusting and unacceptable behaviour which should really be stamped out

“Many people moan and grumble about this everyday but that’s all they do. They think someone else is going to fix the problem instead of being proactive.”


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“I am sure there is a lot of support for the petition so I am trying to provide a platform in which makes it easier for people to voice their concerns.”

Dubbing the action as a “public health risk”, she added: “Not only does it make me heave but it is a very efficient way to transmit infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis.”

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Neighbouring Harrow Council launched a petition of their own in January this year aimed at driving public support for proposals to make spitting illegal.

Other local authorities including Waltham Forest and Enfield have outlawed the act and introduced on the on-the-spot fines to perpetrators.

The ePetition, which has already attracted more than 100 signatures and drawn support from Glenda Jackson, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, will be delivered to Brent and Camden Councils.

Cllr Aslam Choudry, Brent Council’s lead member for crime prevention and public safety, said that the town hall was committed to eradicate the “disgusting behaviour” from the borough.

He said: “We are seriously thinking about taking stronger steps against spitting because we recognise that it is a problem.

“The biggest issue lays in enforcement. Issuing fines against offenders looks good on paper but it is extremely hard to enforce.

“We are looking at practical solutions to the problems.”

A Camden Council spokesman said: “Currently, Camden does not have any plans to introduce similar by-laws to ban spitting in the street. However, we will continue to monitor the effect in the boroughs where the powers are in place.”

To sign the petition click here.

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