Most councillors spoke against the idea
WHILE city council officers are proposing lowering the age at which young litter louts can be fined, councillors have yet to be persuaded.
Most councillors on the authority's community safety scrutiny commission spoke against the idea at a meeting this week.
Among them was Councillor Claire Thomas.
She said: "We should not be fining people under 16.
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"I do understand the issues being faced by residents who live near certain schools but the idea of the council giving young people a criminal conviction for dropping litter is something that would concern me."
She said she was worried better-off parents would simply pay any fine on behalf of their child while poorer families would be punished disproportionately.
Commission chairman Councillor Pete Allen said fines should only be used "as a last resort".