THE top Sheffield councillor in charge of environmental services has pledged ‘urgent action’ to clear areas blighted by litter.
The Star has challenged readers to highlight the worst litter hotspots.
And Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, has pledged to clean them up. He said: “We’re starting in the areas most affected and plan to move on from there.”
Suggestions made so far include streets around the Norfolk Park area, and drains on a flat roof in Stannington which regularly get blocked by litter - a blackspot highlighted by a local resident.
Coun Scott has already revealed the council is changing its previous ‘softly-softly’ approach to litter louts, by making fines a priority.
The council has acted after The Star revealed city parks have been left strewn with rubbish by people out enjoying the warm weather.
The new approach has been backed by readers who posted comments on The Star’s website.
Gemma Allen said: “It’s right. People shouldn’t do that - they wouldn’t like it if we went and threw litter all over their gardens, so why do they think it’s okay to do it in a park?”
Craig Mason called the change a ‘brilliant idea’.
But some readers said culprits who are caught should be forced to go on litter-picking duties themselves.
And one woman said: “The council needs to litter-pick in the suburbs, too.”
Coun David Baker, Lib Dem shadow cabinet member for environment, said: “I think it’s important we thank The Star for raising this issue and I’m delighted to hear the council is proposing tough action.”
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