Littering lands local man with hefty fine

A man has found himself in hot water with the law and more than £1,000 worse off after dropping litter off a bridge into a watercourse in Romsey back in May 2018.

Mr Alastair Bark did not attend the hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 6 September but submitted a letter pleading guilty to littering. He was ordered to pay a £120 fine, £30 victim surcharge and £875 costs.

Mr Bark was spotted dropping the litter by an officer from the Environment Agency who then reported the incident to Test Valley Borough Council. The authority investigated the matter and subsequently issued an £80 fixed penalty notice but the case ended up in court after Mr Bark failed to pay it.

Environmental portfolio holder, councillor Graham Stallard, said:

We take a hard line with all forms of littering as there really is no excuse for it. Littering is unsightly, unacceptable and it can pose a danger to wildlife.

I hope that those who consider committing such an offence take heed and think twice. Anyone seen littering will be given a fixed penalty notice and those who refuse to pay it will be taken to court.

Residents can report any litter issues via or by calling Test Valley Borough Council’s customer services team on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700. For more information about the council’s anti-litter initiative, Love Where You Live, visit

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