NAME AND SHAME! – CO COUNCILLORS WANT LATEST LITTER STRATEGY TO FOCUS ON FINES AND ENFORCEMENT

24 April 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A strong desire to see offenders subjected to a tough “name and shame” campaign, with a greater emphasis on fines and enforcement through the use of CCTV surveillance, emerged at the April meeting of Monaghan Co Council in a discussion on the county’s ongoing litter problems.

A planned programme of expenditure of €25,000 on a variety of litter initiatives was presented to the members by the Council’s Environmental Awareness Officer Nial O’Connor.

But the Council held off on approving the strategy, opting instead to support the call of Sinn Féin councillor Brian McKenna for the immediate emphasis of the local authority’s anti-litter measures to focus on the use of additional cameras in order to generate more prosecutions. The effectiveness of the enhanced enforcement move will be reviewed later in the year.

Mr O’Connor in his presentation to the meeting put forward five possible future projects which he said had been agreed at the Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on Environment and Infrastructure in order to help the Council implement the strategic objectives of the county’s Litter Management Plan.

He said the first initiative was to litter pick the county’s national routes.

“It has long been identified that passing motorists are a cause of litter, with disposable packaging waste being the main culprit,” he stated.

“It is hoped that this litter pick will improve the situation throughout our county for the important tourist season ahead. Each Municipal District has been granted an allocation that will help deliver 40 man days of litter picking during the Spring Clean programme, which has already commenced.”

Mr O’Connor said that the cost of this initiative would be €10,000.

It was also proposed, he added, to try to focus…

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