People who spit in the street in Enfield face prosecution and fines of up to £500 from December 8 after Enfield Council's historic byelaw was confirmed by the government banning the practice.
The decision by the Department for Communities and Local Government means that Enfield becomes the first place in the UK to ban spitting in the street and to prosecute for breach of a byelaw since 1991.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond said: “Spitting is an utterly foul and disgusting habit and we’re delighted that the government has given us the power to prosecute people for spitting in the street.
“It has been a long and tortuous route to this moment but we’re grateful the government have given the go ahead for our by law, we can now get on with dealing with those disgusting individuals who want to share their spit with the wider community and send out a strong message to show that sort of disgusting behaviour won’t be tolerated in a civilised society.
”We would not have been able to achieve this fantastic result without the support of the community and I’d like to thank the thousands of people who signed a petition backing our campaign and the hundreds of others across Enfield who have shown their support throughout this process and shared our view that spitting in the street shouldn’t be tolerated.”
The byelaw contains provisions for people to spit in a handkerchief, tissue, bin, spittoon, or other receptacle without being prosecuted. It applies to all open spaces open to the public.