Litter Enforcement Officers patrolling Nuneaton’s parks and open spaces

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 27 May 2021

LITTER ENFORCEMENT Officers are now patrolling Nuneaton’s parks and open spaces in a bid to stop careless litterbugs from dropping their rubbish.

Litter in Nuneaton town centre (Vaughan Moore / HFP)

The idea to have the Council’s Litter Officers patrol parks and open spaces across the Borough was a collective response from the Council and their enforcement partner, 3GS.

An increased number of bins have already been put in place by the Council and 3GS as a further way to combat the increased problem of littering.

The officers will dish out Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £100 to anybody that they catch in the act.

But the FPNs will drop down a total of £20 pounds from £100 to £80 if they are paid within the first 10 days of receiving the notice.

If they remain unpaid then it could result in formal prosecution for those responsible.

Catching litterbugs was one of the main priorities of the town’s newly-elected Conservative Council.

Cllr. Julian Gutteridge, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Environment, has stated the Council’s plans of vision, ambition, and aspiration, will bring ‘much needed civic pride’ in the Borough.

He further explained: “Littering has a hugely detrimental effect on the environment, wildlife and enjoyment of our parks.

“Please help us to take care of the natural environment within our Borough and never be a litter lout.”

Cllr. Kyle Evans has said that the Council will get tougher on local litterbugs, delivering on their promise to ‘get tough’ on those responsible for crime and grime.

He continued: “We have already increased the number of bins and waste collection staff and this is another method we will now be using to tackle this problem – so there really is no excuse.

“A zero tolerance approach is just the start of our comprehensive plan of vision, ambition and aspiration to crack down on litter.”

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