CLAM­P­DOWN

Re­sults of coun­cil cam­paign to tar­get lit­ter and cy­clists who ig­nore Bridge Street ban

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Thou­sands of fines for lit­ter­ing, spit­ting and cy­cling on Bridge Street have been is­sued by a pri­vate en­force­ment agency brought into Peter­bor­ough by the city coun­cil.

Staff at King­dom is­sued 2,973 fines of £80 in the first 96 days since they be­gan pa­trolling two ar­eas of the city, in­clud­ing the city cen­tre.

The to­tal in­cludes 1,847 tick­ets for lit­ter­ing (at an av­er­age of 19 a day) and 915 for cy­cling in Bridge Street.

An­other 15 fines were for fail­ing to dis­mount from a cy­cle, 188 were for spit­ting, seven were for pub­lic uri­na­tion and one was for dog foul­ing.

The coun­cil said 57 per cent of all fines, which are re­duced to £60 if paid early, have been paid but that it ex­pects the to­tal to rise to 70 per cent.

A spokes­woman said if peo­ple do not pay the fines: “We will take these cases through the courts.”

King­dom staff, who are part of the city’s Pre­ven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice, are pa­trolling two ar­eas cov­ered by a Pub­lic Spa­ces Pro­tec­tion Or­der (PSPOs) on a trial ba­sis. One PSPO cov­ers the city cen­tre and the other cov­ers Mill­field, New Eng­land, Glad­stone, East­field, Lower Bridge Street and the Em­bank­ment.

The PSPOs pro­hibit a number of of­fences and al­low des­ig­nated of­fi­cers to hand out Fixed Penalty No­tices.

Coun­cil leader Cllr John Holdich said: “We can say it’s been a great suc­cess thus far.” Con­ser­va­tive Cllr John Peach, mem­ber for Park ward which is cov­ered by a PSPO, said: “It is good to see that King­dom are out and about and sort­ing the prob­lems we have.”

The city cen­tre fines were is­sued be­tween June 12 and Septem­ber 16. The fines in the other area cov­ered by the PSPO were is­sued be­tween Au­gust 3 and Septem­ber 16.

Richard McIl­wain, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of Keep Bri­tain Tidy, said: “Lit­ter­ing is il­le­gal and an­ti­so­cial and if peo­ple flout the law they should ex­pect to be pun­ished.

“How­ever, all en­force­ment must be done in line with na­tional govern­ment guide­lines and, for max­i­mum im­pact, en­force­ment should also be com­bined with com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ed­u­ca­tion on the law and the penal­ties that ap­ply to lit­ter­ing.”

Lib­eral Demo­crat group leader Cllr Nick Sand­ford said: “It should be se­ri­ous in­ci­dents of fly-tip­ping they fo­cus on, not small scale lit­ter­ing in­ci­dents. The fact is most peo­ple do not re­side in the city cen­tre.

“I would like the peo­ple that em­ploy these guys to have a look around parts of Pas­ton. There are ma­jor in­ci­dents of fly-tip­ping and I just think it il­lus­trates a coun­cil that has its pri­or­i­ties wrong.”

A cy­clist in Bridge Street be­ing given a ticket

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