Cost of Keeping The Streets Clean
Thursday 5th August
THE COST OF KEEPING STREETS
Bedford Borough Council is embarking on upon a
new campaign to rid the town of litter, graffiti, fly-tipping, and
dog fouling on pavements and open spaces. The campaign will
emphasise the cost to the taxpayer and also the detrimental effect
The campaign will include education to
encourage everybody to become involved and engage widespread
community support. The new campaign will be linked to ‘Pride in
Bedford’, and will be launched later this month (August 2010).
Feedback from the community will be sought, by way of a
questionnaire throughout this period, so as to make any outcomes as
effective as possible.
Bedford Borough Council currently clears over
5,500 tonnes of rubbish from the borough’s street every year, which
equates to around 3,000 sacks of litter every day, costing local
taxpayers around £1 million per year.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for
Environment & Transport at Bedford Borough Council said:
“Bedford Borough is a great place to live and work and our Borough
Council works really hard to keep everywhere clear of rubbish and
graffiti. Sadly some people are making this task harder, I am
repulsed when I see fast food containers thrown out of cars or
people spray painting walls. We have started a consultation and
education process, I hope that residents will support us in taking
a firm stance against anti-social and criminal behaviour such as
littering, fly-tipping and graffiti. Law abiding taxpayers should
not have to pay the bill for those who drop litter. If people do
continue to litter then they will face fines and they will be taken
The council currently has powers to issue
on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) from £50 - £100. Failure to
pay can lead to further sanctions through criminal prosecutions
resulting in fines of up to £2,500 for each offence as well as a
Research will be conducted in order to gather
inhabitants of Bedford’s opinions on what they think of fines? What
they define as litter? and solutions for more effective enforcement
regimes for those who fail to act responsibly.
Bedford Borough Council would like to remind
people who witness an enviro-crime being committed, that they can
report it. This can be done by providing as much information as
possible to act as evidence and may be used to prosecute.
This may include:
- Location, time and date
- A description of the offender
- Vehicle registration
- Any photographs
You can report a littering offence by
contacting Bedford Borough Council on 0800 121 8888.