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Noisy neighbours face 100 fines
Noisy neighbours could be handed on-the-spot fines of up to 100 under new powers designed to improve the quality of life for Londoners.

Illegal street traders and flyposters will also be targeted in the crackdown which begins across the city in July.

Under the London Local Authorities Act 2004, councils can take immediate action to tackle anti-social behaviour rather than going through the courts.

Councils will use money from the fines to pay for environmental improvements.

Under the new powers businesses that annoy local residents with unhealthy fumes, smells and excessive noise could receive a 400 fixed penalty notice.

Selfish and inconsiderate

Meanwhile people illegally putting up posters to advertise events, goods or services could face a 100 fine.

Anyone caught selling items on the street without permission could be fined 250.

Currently boroughs have to take people committing these offences to court, which can be lengthy and expensive.

Chairman of the London Councils Transport and Environment Committee, Cllr Daniel Moylan, said: "London boroughs are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all of their residents.

"These new powers will enable us to tackle the selfish and inconsiderate actions of the few, which then damage the quality of the local environment for the many."

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