NAME AND SHAME RETURNS
Name and shame is coming back. Those who couldn't care less about our environment are warned - those who do care will be looking out for you.
Pictures captured by the town's CCTV system of people littering, who cannot be identified, will be published in the Boston Standard every month in order that those who do have a care for the environment can help reveal the offenders' identities so they can be fined. All information received from the public will be confidential and the identities of those who pass on information will never be revealed.
Cllr Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste services, said: "Cleanliness of the borough, including the town, has been shown time and again to be a priority for residents. Helping reveal the identities of those who deliberately drop litter and fail to clean up after their dogs should never be seen as telling tales. It should be seen as helping control the problem of littering and rightly penalising those who cause it.
"We don't want to have to pick up litter. Or chase those who drop it. Better all round if it's disposed of correctly in the first place. This initiative is about education. In past years it has been successful in reducing amounts of litter. It makes those thinking about dropping litter to think again about the possible consequences. Hopefully they will then dispose of litter responsibly."
It will be the fourth time that Boston Borough Council has waged war on litterbugs using its sophisticated CCTV cameras.
Those caught deliberately dropping litter by the council's 68 CCTV cameras will be pursued and issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice or be taken to court. The campaign will also extend to cover those who do not clean up after their dogs. Litter also includes cigarette ends thrown to the ground.
Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for environmental health and community safety said: "As with all operational use of CCTV, those who are doing nothing wrong will have nothing to fear. It's quite correct that we use this technology to ensure those who choose to break the rules are brought to book and that their activities do not limit the enjoyment of the environment which everyone has a right to.
"We will use all means at our disposal, including CCTV, to keep our streets clean and safe for both residents and visitors. I can assure everyone that the borough's CCTV technology is only used to detect or deter anti-social behaviour and criminal actions, thereby defending the interests and welfare of all law-abiding members of the public."
Two members of council staff, Jen Moore and Becky Shinn, are now environmental crime enforcement officers.
Jen said: "The council takes littering, dog fouling, urinating and defecating on our streets very seriously. We will be patrolling the streets and we will be issuing fixed penalty notices to those who commit these environmental crimes."
Becky added: "Due to overwhelming public concern there will be a period of education when we will be advising people that spitting is an offence. After January 31 we will be treating spitting in exactly the same way we treat littering and they could be liable for a £75 fine."