NAME AND SHAME: Help us clean up
Do you know any of the people? Boston Borough Council has CCTV evidence of incidents of public urination and littering involving a bicycle hurled into the river, food and drinks containers discarded and cigarettes thrown to the ground and would like to speak to these individuals in connection with these.
Anti-social behaviour and littering affects us all, and there is a cost to the council, and so to the taxpayer, in clearing up the mess others leave behind them.
It is the council's aim to encourage and educate so that all residents behave responsibly and dispose of their litter properly. But we will be pressing the message home, via the Name and Shame campaign, in conjunction with the Boston Standard, that where offenders can be identified they will be dealt with. This means, in the first instance, receiving a fixed penalty notice requiring them to pay a £75 fine.
Most smokers have, habitually, discarded their cigarette ends by throwing them onto the floor. This is no longer acceptable and smokers need to be aware that their used cigarette is their responsibility and it becomes litter if thrown down.
After January 31 spitting will be treated in exactly the same way as littering and the penalty will also be a £75 fine.
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.
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."
There is no hiding place for town centre vandals as footage captured by Boston Borough Council's CCTV system and now available to view on the council's You Tube channel demonstrates -
Operators on night shift followed the exploits of this hooligan through the town as he emptied bags of rubbish left out for collection the following morning.
He ripped open the bags, kicked and scattered the contents over the town bridge and then used his mobile phone to take pictures.
He was tracked by cameras as he kicked shop windows in Emery Lane and used his bare hands to throw rubbish from a litter bin into the air.
Operators alerted police who were waiting for him in West Street. He has since paid a £75 fine to the council for littering and was dealt with by Lincolnshire Police for being drunk and disorderly.
Anyone who can identify any of these should pass details to Boston Borough Council - phone 01205 314200 and ask for the environmental enforcement team; write to: Name and Shame, Environmental Enforcement Team, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR; email firstname.lastname@example.org
All information passed to us will remain confidential. The identity of those passing information to us will not be revealed. Fixed penalty notices will be issued to offenders requiring a £75 fine to be paid.