Wednesday, December 10, 2008

'Respect our city' scheme in Preston, Lancashire: No swearing, spitting, littering, vomiting, dog fouling

I thik this is a fantastic idea! I hope other city and town centres will follow the lead of Preston and adopt a similar scheme: A city centre has introduced a zero-tolerance policy against swearing in a bid to clamp down on anti-social behaviour. (link via Messages against bad languages include "No 'Effin & 'Jeffin" and "No Aggro" which can be read on signs and banners across Preston, Lancashire. Other reminders are "No Pavement Pizza" which depicts a person being sick in the street and "Don't Pee Anti-Social" which shows someone urinating in a public place. The £20,000 'Respect our city' scheme is designed to reduce anti-social behaviour such as swearing, spitting, litter dropping and dog fouling. Police can give out fixed penalty notices of up to £80 for various public order offences while council officers can impose £75 on-the-spot fines for litter offences. Visit Preston What do you think of the idea?


  1. I agree that it's a great idea, and one which I'd like to see emulated throughout the UK.
    I'd like to think that we've finally reached a point where things will now start to get better in this respect as it's certainly long overdue. xx

  2. Indeed, you are so right, Flighty. I think a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-social behavior is long overdue! The fines (£80 for various public order offences and £75 on-the-spot fines for litter offences) may seem to be draconian but I bet it will work. Money talks!