Lit­ter com­pa­nies are clear­ing up in city

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

Cllr Good­man was crit­i­cal of the Lib Dems for try­ing to call in the de­ci­sion to em­ploy pri­vate lit­ter war­dens. I thought they were spot on, and the pro­pos­als should have great scru­tiny as it’s not quite the cost-free lit­ter so­lu­tion be­ing sold. Ba­si­cally, the plan is to al­low un­reg­u­lated, and largely un­ac­count­able, pri­vate com­pany staff loose onto the streets of Bath to is­sue fines for mi­nor of­fences. Bear­ing in mind that th­ese staff are hardly “ex­perts”, be­ing paid just above min­i­mum wage, will be set tar­gets, and are seek­ing to max­imise prof­its, I think it needs very close scru­tiny, es­pe­cially bear­ing in mind the many neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ences else­where. I would be very in­ter­ested to know how Bris­tol has been a suc­cess. For a start the per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors just men­tioned num­ber of fines is­sued, not a men­tion of lit­ter. The ac­tual fines were 98.37 per cent for cig­a­rette butts, so ba­si­cally it was a suc­cess be­cause the coun­cil made a bit of money and King­dom, who re­ceive a rather large per­cent­age of each fine is­sued, made quite a lot of money. Any­one vis­it­ing Bris­tol can see that it has had zero im­pact on lit­ter lev­els. Re­mem­ber, th­ese com­pa­nies main goal is profit, not clean streets. John Chap­man Bath res­i­dent

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