Tough plan to tackle Boston’s image issues

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A tough new plan has been drawn up by councillors to clean up Boston and tackle issues affecting the image of the borough.

A ‘robust’ strategy has been drawn up by the borough council’s cabinet which aims to take action on littering, fly-tipping, dog fouling, graffiti, urinating in the streets, fly-posting and abandoning a vehicle.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for community safety, said it was an important document which would promote prevention as an alternative to prosecution.

“But we will not shy away from prosecution,” he warned.

“The activities of a few cause considerable distress and damage the reputation of our town.”

Coun Michael Brookes, deputy joint leader and portfolio holder for waste services, said: “We want to improve environmental quality and attractiveness by reducing environmental crime across the borough.

“We will enforce, but want to educate. It is far better that people accept that they have got a responsibility to keep the borough clean. Enforcement will be the last resort but we will be firm with fixed penalty notices.”

The council’s first environmental enforcement strategy was drafted in response to the council’s recent task and finish group on street cleansing.

A spokesman said its aim is to ‘protect the health, safety, amenity, environment and local economy of and for people living in, working in and visiting the borough’.

The council also said individuals, and groups and organisations which help the council with this work currently, such as those who join the annual Big Boston Clean-up and Big Schools Clean-up, litter champions, Greenscapers, Operation Fly Swat and others, are to be acknowledged with new environment recognition awards.

The council said there will also be consultation with the public over a plan to make spitting an offence under littering legislation.