Council wants to ‘name and shame’ litter louts, street spitters, fly tippers and inconsiderate farmers

Municipal Buildings, Boston
Municipal Buildings, Boston

Senior councillors have announced their desire to ‘name and shame’ people who drop litter and spit in the street to improve the image of the town.

At Boston Borough Council’s cabinet meeting this morning members also turned their sights on irresponsible dog owners, smokers who drop fag ends on the floor, fly tippers and farmers who leave roads across the borough in a muddy state.

The ‘name and shame’ vow comes after a task and finish group looked into street cleaning in the borough.

The cabinet agreed to support a number of measures which ranged from talking to schoolchildren about recycling, giving out free dog mess bags and using enforcement to get farmers to clear up mud and debris from roads.

Members said the newly installed CCTV suite could be used to publically expose offen ders.

Coun Mike Gilbert said: “If CCTV is of sufficient quality then is it possible to catch people who are spitting?

“That is a real scourge of the town centre. It’s not only anti-social it’s extremely unhygienic.

“If CCTV could pick that up we could name and shame those individuals.”

Mud on the roads is a police matter but councillors said they had heard of a farmer who indicated he would rather pay fines than clear up after his vehicles.

Coun Peter Bedford suggested people with that attitude could also be ‘named and shamed’.

Parish councillors and volunteers could be asked to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the authority and help report people who regularly commit offences so they can be issued with fines.

George Bernard, council head of environmental operations, said: “It is a delightful town but spoilt by people’s behaviour so whatever we can do to encourage those people to be more responsible then the better off we all will be.”

For more on this story see next’s Boston Standard.