A brook in North London was today purposely poisoned in an attempt to kill a non-native speices of fish.
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Spitting has been made illegal in Enfield following the introduction of a by-law. From today, anyone caught spitting in public in the North London borough will face prosecution and fines of up to 500 pounds.
A brook in North London was today purposely poisoned in an attempt to kill a damaging non-native species of fish. The Environment agency took the decision after the Topmouth Gudgeon fish was found in Cuffley Brook in Enfield.
Residents have reacted angrily to the news because the poison will kill any fish it comes into contact with. Environmental Health officers will then restock the waters with only the native species.
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.
– Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment
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:
The law applies to all open spaces open to the public.
People who spit in the street in Enfield face prosecution and fines of up to £500 from December 8th, after Enfield Council's historic byelaw was confirmed by the government.
The decision by the Department for Communities and Local Government means that Enfield becomes the first place in the United Kingdom to ban spitting in the street.
Enfield Council says it has carried out extensive works over the years to protect the historic Oak, but even more needed to be done. Councillor Chris Bond, said:
"Our primary objective is to save this fantastic natural monument which predates the Magna Carta. Doing nothing is not an option, because unless we take decisive action, this historic and much loved tree will fall over.
"If that were to happen the it would cause extensive damage to the park and potentially damage nearby homes. "The action we are proposing, while drastic, gives the tree a good chance of recovery and means that future generations can enjoy it for years to come."
Specialist tree surgeons are installing slow release chemicals to encourage the roots to grow. They will also use a crane to remove a number of the heavier limbs to prevent the tree from falling or blowing over.
Enfield Council is trying to save one of London's oldest trees from dying. The 800 year old Minchenden Oak in Southgate dates from the time of the ancient Forest of Middlesex.
The tree has begun to subside and could pose a threat to nearby homes. It has extensive internal decay despite earlier attempts to stop it spreading.