Bid to get tough on litter louts - The Leamington Observer

Bid to get tough on litter louts

Catherine Thompson 19th Feb, 2020 Updated: 19th Feb, 2020   0

LITTER police could soon be patrolling the streets of Leamington.

The team behind campaign organisation Clean Up Britain (CUB) has proposed the idea of trialling litter enforcement officers to Warwick Council District (WDC) after highlighting the litter problem in the town.

CUB launched litter campaign Now or Never two years ago which has piloted a number of schemes with a focus on targeting behaviour and attitudes towards the environment.

And now they want to see the law behind littering enforced.

They want to see two officers patrolling litter ‘hotspots’ in and around the town.

If the plans are approved, those caught littering would be given the opportunity to halve the £150 fine by watching a litter education video.

CUB pitched the trial – which the organisation says would be at no cost to the authority – to WDC, Leamington BID and the town’s Chamber of Trade.

CUB spokeswoman Angela Owen said: “We’ve been discussing a trial period of litter enforcement, at zero cost to WDC.

“CUB has also been working hard alongside enforcement specialists to offer education as a penalty, not just fining, as we support changing littering behaviour through a variety of means.

“Littering is illegal for good reasons. The lack of enforcement over the decades throughout the UK has led to a litter crisis which is having an immediate and long term impact on our environment. We believe that that our environmental crisis should be met with bold actions and direct action. We don’t have the luxury of the time.

“We hope that litter enforcement is a step WDC will take in the near future to help us protect our environment.”

A WDC spokeswoman said more details needed to be discussed before a decision on a possible trial was made.

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