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Doubts as fines for litter in Wharfedale rocket tenfold
A senior opposition councillor is questioning the frequency of litter patrols in outer areas of Leeds following news that a clampdown has seen a massive increase in fines.
Councillor Barry Anderson has welcomed the findings revealing that the number of fines for dropping litter has increased tenfold on the same period last year. A total of 1,313 fines have been issued compared to just 136 in 2012.
The increase has come about because of a contract with private-sector firm 3GS, who receive a cut of the revenue raised from every fine issued. Leeds City Council says the trial has been extremely successful and has extended it to January.
But Coun Anderson, the Conservative spokesman for Neighbourhoods and Housing, said he had concerns about the impact outside the city centre.
He is arguing that litter is still a daily issue and cause for concern for residents in outlying areas.
He added: “Clearly the new contract with 3GS has been a success and they should be congratulated for the efforts they have put in to keep the city centre cleaner.
“It is also good to see us finally sending out a message that littering will not be tolerated and we will issue fines of £75 wherever we witness deliberate littering.
“However, I am not quite so sure about the impact of the new approach outside Leeds city centre. Certainly in my own Adel and Wharfedale ward there seems to be very little action being taken and I know that residents are still concerned about how untidy the streets can sometimes look.
“The 3GS approach punishes people and acts as a deterrent. Should we also be doing something more to educate people to reduce littering that way as well?”
The six-month trial has been running in parts of Leeds, including Otley, Bramhope, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Horsforth, Guiseley, Rawdon and Yeadon.
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