CRACK­DOWN ON LIT­TER LOUTS

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Rob Grant and Chris Slater

MAR­KET Street is Manch­ester’s main shop­ping street and prob­a­bly the busiest part of the city cen­tre.

But next time you’re there, don’t be tempted to throw your rub­bish on the ground.

De­spite the mas­sive foot­fall, the coun­cil’s ded­i­cated team pa­trol the area look­ing out for lit­ter bugs.

And more fines are handed out on Mar­ket Street than any­where else.

Manch­ester coun­cil has handed out 6,610 fixed penalty no­tices (FPNs) for drop­ping rub­bish around the city from April 2014 to March this year, the MWN can re­veal.

This is an av­er­age of six per day around the city.

And of those, 1,262 peo- ple were given on-thes­pot fines for lit­ter­ing on Mar­ket Street – al­most one in five of all tick­ets is­sued.

That is at least one per­son be­ing fined ev­ery day for lit­ter­ing on Mar­ket Street.

It’s not the only area they are keep­ing a close eye on.

An­other 139 fines were dished out in the Arn­dale Cen­tre, while there were also 293 cases in Pic­cadilly Gar­dens, 259 on Mosley Street and 207 on Port­land Street.

Cross Street, Deans­gate and Parker Street – the pedes­tri­anised area near the bus sta­tion in Pic­cadilly Gar­dens – also fea­tured highly.

And chuck­ing that sweet wrap­per could be an ex­pen­sive mis­take as al­though it does not count as a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion, the fine is £75. In to­tal, the num­bers of tick­ets is­sued for lit­ter­ing have al­most dou­bled dur­ing the past three years.

In 2014/15, there were only 1,599, ris­ing to 2,050 in 2015/16 and again to 2,961 in 2016/17 with a few days left to go in March.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for neigh­bour­hoods at the coun­cil, Coun Nigel Mur­phy, said: “There is no ex­cuse for lit­ter­ing in our city cen­tre and our ded­i­cated team of of­fi­cers have the power to is­sue fines of up to £80 to those caught in the act.

“There are nearly 700 bins across the city cen­tre, which is why the vast ma­jor­ity of us, who want to see a clean city cen­tre which we can all be proud of, find these of­fences com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.”

Mar­ket Street in Manch­ester

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