Should spitting in public be banned by Sutton Council?
An opposition councillor has slammed the council for its stance on the "disgusting" habit of spitting.
Councillor Graham Whitham, leader of the opposition, is calling on Sutton Council to ban spitting in public.
Councillor Graham Whitham
Coun Whitham has warned about the anti-social habit and the link with the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) in London - which last month was declared the European capital of TB.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists spit, as well as coughs and sneezes, as one of the ways in which the contagious and potentially fatal disease spreads.
North-east London council, Waltham Forest, already issues fixed penalty notices for people caught spitting in the street and a North London council, Enfield, has just received the green light from the government to introduce a bylaw to stamp out the habit.
Coun Whitham said: "Whilst we welcome the lower rates of TB incidence in Sutton the overall trend in the UK and in particular London is remorselessly upward. You cannot put a ring fence around the borough to keep out airborne infections.
"With councils able to take a firmer stance over littering, it is negligent of the council to fail to impose the necessary framework to enforce against this disgusting and dangerous habit.
"I can remember a time when public spitting drew a fine and we need a return to those standards."
A council spokesperson said: "Although spitting is not hygienic it is not considered to be a significant risk factor for spreading infections such as TB compared to coughs and sneezes.
"TB rates in Sutton are low and our public health team reports that instances have been decreasing since 2010, giving Sutton the second best rate in South West London."
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