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Carlisle council to spend £310,000 on two-year city clean-up

Politicians who pledged to “clean up Carlisle” have set out how they will do it.

Elsie Martlew photo
Elsie Martlew

A promise to rid Carlisle of litter, dog fouling, fly-tipping and graffiti helped Labour win four seats in the May city council elections and so end 13 years of Conservative control.

Now the incoming Labour administration has laid out plans to spend £310,000 over two years on the clean-up effort.

Measures include:

  • New street-cleaning machines;
  • A ‘response team’ to deal with specific complaints from the public, so allowing regular street cleaners to concentrate on routine work;
  • An ‘education team’ to run campaigns encouraging people to pick up after their dogs and not to drop litter – they will also issue warning letters and fixed-penalty notices.

Councillor Elsie Martlew, the portfolio holder for environment and transport, told the ruling executive: “This was one of our major election pledges.

“We have started as we mean to go on and the results are starting to show.

“We are going to have a programme of work so that everything is done in turn and we will come down hard on people who break the law. There have been two cases in recent weeks where magistrates have found in favour of the council on dog fouling and fly tipping.”

Mark Scott, 25, of Welsh Road, Harraby, was fined £75 last month and ordered to pay £75 legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge after he allowed his dog to foul an area of Dale End Road field in Harraby.

The council issues £80 fixed-penalty notices for dog fouling, the maximum under UK law. If the penalty is not paid within 14 days, the case can go to court where the maximum fine is £1,000.

Mrs Martlew added: “I read things in the press, mainly about litter. The criticism is always of the council, never the perpetrators. They should be roundly criticised for their anti-social behaviour.

“Our staff are doing a great job cleaning up after them.”

Even before the election, the previous Conservative administration had hired a deep-cleaning machine with brushes that washes and disinfects the ground. This has been used in the city centre.

The council also made operational changes, such as aligning street cleaning with recycling collections so cleaners can pick up items that spill out of the recycling sacks.

Ray Bloxham, who held the environment portfolio when the Conservatives were in charge, said: “Many of the things Labour are claiming credit for were happening anyway.”

Have your say

We do not have green recycling tubs nor fancy bags, nor anything else where I live in rural Cumbria.
If we choose to recycle we have to put all our rubbish in the boot of our car and travel miles to the nearest recycling spot.
When will recycling be rolled out to villages on the outskirts of Carlisle?

Posted by Craig on 10 July 2012 at 12:15

Dear sir/madam I emailed three weeks ago regarding litter strewn all over Aglionby Street via seagulls, last night when I left work I put out our purple bags but this time I did so by piling them on top of each other in an unused green box we have, this has successfully prevented seagulls from ripping the bags up and leaving litter everywhere however your operatives seem to have left one bag in the bottom of the green box, this was clearly visible at 20 yards so i dont know how they missed it! Furthermore when my collegue came to work this morning she witnessed the dental assistant across the road having to sweep up the litter from damaged bags from the front of the dentists herself. In a slightly unrelated matter there is also a black wheelie bin (which now contains the aforementioned uncollected purple bag) that has been left unmoved on the corner of aglionby street for over 2 months now with apparently no one laying claim to it.

I know there are some things out of the councils control however the seagul problem seems now to be an epidemic, perhaps a cull or some type of recepticle (like my green box idea!) to place bags in is now inorder before we start attracting the plague rat or urban fox.

Posted by Tony Lopez on 10 July 2012 at 11:02

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