Businesses back ‘Tidy Fenland’ campaign

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A GROWING number of businesses are throwing their weight behind Fenland District Council’s “Tidy Fenland” anti-litter campaign.

This week the campaign will be stepped up again as council officers crack down on litterbugs in a second series of enforcement days across the district.

So far 120 local businesses have signed up to a voluntary code of practice committing them to work with their local town council and FDC to support the campaign in a variety of ways.

Tesco Express and Ye Olde Griffin hotel are two of the businesses actively backing it in March. Both demonstrate their commitment by keeping their premises free from litter, displaying “Tidy Fenland” posters and cleaning up after their customers. They also encourage their customers not to litter by providing bins for them to use.

Since its launch in February the campaign has succeeded in cutting litter levels in monitored areas by up to 58 per cent. In August 12 people were issued with £75 fixed penalty notices when they were caught dropping litter.

This week, in a repeat operation across the four market towns, FDC’s Street Scene officers will again be on patrol targeting offenders.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “The public have shown they’re right behind us in this campaign and more and more businesses are now playing their part in making it a great success. We all need to continue to work together to tackle the problem.

“We know that eight out of 10 people never drop litter but the rest spoil the environment for everybody. Clearing up costs the council a lot of money each day that could be much better spent on other things.”

Businesses will also be approached by FDC’s Street Scene officers to inform them about trade waste and respond to any concerns.