Crackdown on litter louts gets my backing

Crackdown on litter louts gets my backing

Crackdown on litter louts gets my backing

First published in Letters by

IN RESPONSE to your article on litter and dog-fouling (August 7), I would like to congratulate St Helens Council for their proposed crackdown on littering and dog-fouling in the borough.

My wife and I returned to the Warrington/St Helens area recently after 34 years spent living in East Africa to find a depressingly overpopulated and often slovenly environment beset with problems such as litter, dog-fouling, fly-tipping and graffiti.

Laws and bye-laws have long been in place to deal with such offences.

But there seems to have been little will, on the part of the local councils or the police, to implement them.

Encouragingly, enough people now appear to be as disgusted as we have been with the situation and I can see signs that at last the tide is turning.

This initiative by St Helens Council, assuming that it is properly followed up, with offenders being served with fines on the spot, will be welcomed by the great majority of reasonable and respectable people. Let’s hope it works and let’s hope that Warrington Council, among others, follows St Helens’ praiseworthy lead.

Graham Mercer (via email)

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3:07pm Thu 21 Aug 14

jumperr says...

You are quite right,the having authorities have been asked numerous times about the problem , answer if we don't see them we can't do anything, nobody is going to litter or anything else if they see a uniform.
You are quite right,the having authorities have been asked numerous times about the problem , answer if we don't see them we can't do anything, nobody is going to litter or anything else if they see a uniform. jumperr
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3:42pm Thu 21 Aug 14

barrie timpson says...

If every other council were to follow St Helens councils lead , I truly believe we'd all be sat in a cave , burning coal whilst drinking coffee , swathed from head to toe in lard surrounded by our own litter strewn everywhere due to the preposterously bad recycling scheme.
Mr Mercer , if you have any way of getting back to East Anglia save yourselves and do it fast.
If every other council were to follow St Helens councils lead , I truly believe we'd all be sat in a cave , burning coal whilst drinking coffee , swathed from head to toe in lard surrounded by our own litter strewn everywhere due to the preposterously bad recycling scheme. Mr Mercer , if you have any way of getting back to East Anglia save yourselves and do it fast. barrie timpson
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1:33pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Hughwithaview says...

I quite agree that laws have been available for Councils to enforce for many years. However, St Helens has had it's usual "Johnny Last Wagon" approach to this as it has to every other important subject which affects how the town is perceived. The Council has been dragged kicking and screaming into this after much consternation on many fronts amongst the ranks of residents and visitors. I would remind everyone that a large team of Environmental Wardens were employed by the Council not that long ago and following cuts they were deemed not to be an "essential" service

If the Council is serious this time and it does intend to give it's full support to the new Wardens and issue on the spot penalty fines then great - although it won't be that easy with some of the anti social types that seem to frequent the town centre. I cannot however bring myself to applaud the Council on this initiative - it is something it should have done years ago and it is a pity that it has took a lot of complaining by the good folk of St Helens to finally get the ball rolling.
I quite agree that laws have been available for Councils to enforce for many years. However, St Helens has had it's usual "Johnny Last Wagon" approach to this as it has to every other important subject which affects how the town is perceived. The Council has been dragged kicking and screaming into this after much consternation on many fronts amongst the ranks of residents and visitors. I would remind everyone that a large team of Environmental Wardens were employed by the Council not that long ago and following cuts they were deemed not to be an "essential" service If the Council is serious this time and it does intend to give it's full support to the new Wardens and issue on the spot penalty fines then great - although it won't be that easy with some of the anti social types that seem to frequent the town centre. I cannot however bring myself to applaud the Council on this initiative - it is something it should have done years ago and it is a pity that it has took a lot of complaining by the good folk of St Helens to finally get the ball rolling. Hughwithaview
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9:30pm Sat 23 Aug 14

jumperr says...

We have unactive elected officials who should hang their heads in shame, they never do what they say
We have unactive elected officials who should hang their heads in shame, they never do what they say jumperr
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