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Councillor blasts litter louts in Stafford

Little louts have been blasted by a councillor in Stafford after an increase in rubbish left in parks at the weekend.

The worst affected area was at Charnley Road park, which has recently undergone a £400,000 improvement scheme.

Wildwood park, the football field at Creswell and Essex bridge in Great Haywood were also highlighted as hot spots for litter bugs.

Councillor Jonathan Price, the Cabinet Member for Environment, said he was disgusted with the amount of litter strewn across open spaces in fields around the borough. 

With the good weather, and government easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the local authority reported thousands of people taking advantage by having picnics, social gatherings and camping out in open spaces across the area last week.

Keeping the borough clean costs council tax-payers around £1million each year.

Now Councillor Price is issuing a ‘take your litter home’ call and warning that fines would be handed out for those discarding rubbish.

He said: “I was furious to see people showing no regard whatsoever to our lovely open spaces by leaving them covered in litter. If you are bringing provisions with you to our parks and fields then please take the rubbish home with you.

“The vast majority of our residents have pride in their area and I have seen how outraged they have been over the last week because of the actions of a few.

“We have demonstrated previously that we will not hesitate to fine or prosecute litter louts. We will be visiting more sites now and anyone found leaving their waste behind will be handed on the spot penalties.” 

Discarded cans and bottles can cause injury to young children playing in the open spaces and leftover food can attract vermin.

Anyone caught littering can face a £100 on the spot fine.

To report litter contact the council on info@staffordbc.gov.uk or 01785 619000.

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