City centre councillors hail introduction of new crack enforcement team to stop litter louts.
A new team of enforcement officers will be hitting the streets from Monday 3rd November and slapping fines on those caught dropping litter on the streets of Manchester city centre.
The new team comes after councillors secured £500,000 investment in over 600 new waste bins and recycling bins and a large scale education campaign to raise awareness about the importance of putting your litter in the bin.
The dedicated team of four – which will be cost neutral as the officers are being diverted from traffic enforcement – will be out 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm. Other council officers will continue to issue fixed penalty notices.
20 PCSOs have also been trained in issuing FPNs.
City centre councillor Kevin Peel said:
"We made getting our streets clean a manifesto commitment in May and we’ve already taken huge steps to achieve it. Now we have the bins and the education campaign there is simply no excuse for dropping litter in the street. I hope the new team do themselves out of jobs within the next couple of years as residents and visitors to Manchester learn to put litter in the bin, not on the floor."
Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of the Council, said:
"We’ve invested in the city centre by providing these new bins, we’ve communicated with the vast majority of decent people who want to enjoy the city centre and don’t want to see it being used as a rubbish dump – now we’ve got to get tough.
"This crack team have had special training and will get to work looking for those individuals who still think it’s acceptable to drop litter.
"These litter louts are in the minority but there’s enough of them to have an impact on the city centre, which is very distressing for our residents and the millions of people which visit Manchester every year.
"From now on, anyone who drops litter can expect a tap on the shoulder and an on-the-spot fine."