New team to tackle litter louts

Councillor Gomez-Aspron welcomes the new wardens

Councillor Gomez-Aspron welcomes the new wardens

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THIS is the new team tasked with tackling litter louts on the streets of St Helens.

Up to now the environmental wardens have been out and about raising awareness about the new regime. They have been highlighting the potential cost in fines if people continue to litter.

But now they will start issuing fines to litter bugs.

The council recently demonstrated the scale of the litter issue by dumping a week’s worth in front of the town hall collected by street cleaners during a week. The pile reached almost 8ft high.

Last year it cost the council £1,759,713 to clean litter off the borough's streets.

These include cigarette stumps, food waste and packaging and bus and train tickets.

There are continuing efforts to address dog fouling which will shortly be stepped up.

Councillor Seve Gomez Aspron cabinet member for the environment said: “The amount of litter which was on display was an absolute disgrace. There really is no excuse. The cost to clean up the litter, comes out of your council tax, so even if you don’t drop litter, you still pick-up the bill of those who do. It’s your money being thrown away. We are proud of St. Helens and are committed to ensuring we all live in a healthy, safe and pleasant environment.”

Anyone caught throwing litter on to the floor could be hit with a £75 on the spot fine. Failure to pay could result in prosecution at Magistrates’ Court and a fine up to £1,000.

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10:49am Wed 27 Aug 14

barrie timpson says...

Will they be fining themselves for the amount of litter the totally useless plastic recycling bags spill everywhere.
Back to front council.
Will they be fining themselves for the amount of litter the totally useless plastic recycling bags spill everywhere. Back to front council. barrie timpson
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1:59pm Wed 27 Aug 14

jumperr says...

Is this borough wide or town
Is this borough wide or town jumperr
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2:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

barrie timpson says...

I want to know how they will enforce these fines?
What's stopping somebody either refusing to give details or giving false details? Will they have stop and search powers?
I want to know how they will enforce these fines? What's stopping somebody either refusing to give details or giving false details? Will they have stop and search powers? barrie timpson
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2:59pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Hughwithaview says...

No disrespect to the guys (who incidentally look like they have been re-deployed into the role) but 3 Wardens is a pitiful amount when you are talking about a mountain of rubbish collected in the town centre that stood 8 feet tall.

I also noted the words chosen carefully "could" result in an on the spot fine, "could" result in court proceedings. Call me cynical but I do not believe the Council are serious about litter - if they were, we would have more than 3 Wardens, they would be dressed in a more official style uniform and the crackdown on culprits would be borough wide.

Sadly, we are probably looking at one of Mr Grunewald's half baked attempts at answering the justified criticism he and his colleagues have been subjected to lately. Taking into consideration the small number of Wardens allocated to deal with discarded fast food litter, cigarette butts and dog owners allowing their pets to foul, not to mention the lairy types that frequent the town centre who are not liable to pay up without a fight, it is a big ask for them to make a real difference.
No disrespect to the guys (who incidentally look like they have been re-deployed into the role) but 3 Wardens is a pitiful amount when you are talking about a mountain of rubbish collected in the town centre that stood 8 feet tall. I also noted the words chosen carefully "could" result in an on the spot fine, "could" result in court proceedings. Call me cynical but I do not believe the Council are serious about litter - if they were, we would have more than 3 Wardens, they would be dressed in a more official style uniform and the crackdown on culprits would be borough wide. Sadly, we are probably looking at one of Mr Grunewald's half baked attempts at answering the justified criticism he and his colleagues have been subjected to lately. Taking into consideration the small number of Wardens allocated to deal with discarded fast food litter, cigarette butts and dog owners allowing their pets to foul, not to mention the lairy types that frequent the town centre who are not liable to pay up without a fight, it is a big ask for them to make a real difference. Hughwithaview
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11:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

jumperr says...

30 wardens save a million
30 wardens save a million jumperr
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