Over 250 litter louts hit with fixed penalties in Swansea
MORE than 250 litter louts have been left counting the cost of dropping rubbish on Swansea's streets – and have been hit with fixed penalties.
In just two weeks, 267 culprits have been handed £75 fines for discarding cigarette ends and hurling food packaging onto the ground.
The local authority drafted in workers from an external enforcement company — 3GS — to help dish out the penalty charges as part of the latest crackdown, which was rolled out in September.
June Burtonshaw, the council's cabinet member for place in Swansea, said a whopping £2.5 million is spent on clearing up the city's streets, and it had decided the time had come to implement the clampdown following a call from residents.
She said: "The public has complained to us about a variety of litter-related issues such as dog fouling and large amounts of cigarette ends being discarded.
"We spend more than £2.5 million every year clearing up litter from Swansea streets.
"This money could be better spent elsewhere. The public wants a clean city and we are committed to making sure that this happens.
"Anyone who has received a fixed penalty has done so because they chose not to use a bin when disposing of litter.
"We have only recently launched the initiative but I hope it is already having a positive effect in encouraging people to do the right thing."
Keep Wales Tidy is supporting the new strategy and its Tidy Towns project officer for Swansea, Phil Davies, added: "Litter obviously looks unsightly and it also makes an area look rundown which can attract crime.
"We hope that this new campaign deters people from dropping litter and encourages them to take responsibility for ensuring that Swansea looks at its best."