‘Overwhelming’ support to tackle spitting in the street in Boston


Council bosses say they had ‘overwhelming’ support to take action on spitting in the street in a straw poll taken at Boston Market.

The borough council ran a stall on Wednesday to promote its environmental crime survey and highlighted the specific issue of spitting in public in a bid to find out what people would like seeing done to tackle it.

Those spoken to told the council spitting was ‘inexcusable’ and should be made illegal.

Carol Creasey, of Parthian Avenue, Wyberton, said spit from a passerby had once landed on her arm.

“It’s a disgusting habit and I don’t like to see it, she said.

“I have seen people spit on the floor in front of me. As far as I am concerned it’s the same as dropping litter or not cleaning up after your dog.”

Her neighbour, Susan Scarborough, said: “My children know not to spit.

“I have told them to use a tissue and put it in the bin if they have to clear their throat.

“They know not to drop litter, too. It’s important to educate children about things such as this.

“Perhaps schools could do more.”

Andrea Keal, of Robin Hood’s Walk, Boston, said: “Spitting is disgusting.

“I’d like there to be text number so you can quietly report it to the police when you see it.

“I see a lot of cigarette litter too.

“Sometimes it’s as if someone has just emptied an ashtray in the gutter.”

Thomas Keal, 16, added: “I don’t like spitting.

“And people should use the litter bins for other rubbish – there are enough of them around.

“Sometimes you see people drop litter in the street right next to a bin.

“I don’t know how they have the nerve.”

About 180 people attended the stall.

The council is also seeking views on littering, fly tipping, dog fouling, graffiti, urinating in the streets, fly posting and abandoning vehicles.

The environmental crime survey can also be completed online at the council’s website – www.boston.gov.uk

Jen Moore, the council’s environment and sustainability officer, said: “We are considering criminalising spitting under the same legislation which covers littering, but we wanted to consult first to be sure we had the public on our side.

“These early indications are that we definitely have. Some people were surprised to learn that spitting in the street is not already unlawful.

“We want to hear the opinions of as many people as possible on spitting and all environmental crime.

“Please complete our survey on the council’s website. You have until the end of this month.”