Council measures unveiled to tackle environmental crime

Liverpool City Council has announced a range of new measures to help tackle blight in the city.

Tactics include the creation of an environmental crime hotline and a crackdown on late night takeaways that don’t clear litter from outside their premises.

The hotline will enable residents to provide information in confidence to help the city council catch individuals involved in environmental offences such as flytipping, litter and dog fouling.

Residents may be eligible for a reward if it leads to penalties or charges.

There will also be a crackdown on late night takeaways that don’t take steps to reduce the amount of litter around their premises – with persistent offenders having their license conditions reviewed and their opening hours reduced.

Other measures being considered by the council’s cabinet on Friday (7 July) include working with schools to educate children about the importance of minimising waste and continuing to give environmental grants of up to £500 for community clean ups, flower planting and the creation of community gardens.

Funding is coming from efficiency savings made by creating a new arms-length company to operate refuse collection and street cleansing – Liverpool Street Scene Services Limited.

Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods (pictured), says: “This is a comprehensive plan to tackle the issues caused by litter and flytipping in Liverpool through a mix of clearance, enforcement and education.

“We are doing our very best to show we care for the area to inject pride back in to neighbourhoods and want that to be reciprocated by people helping us to keep the city tidy as well.”

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