“The continued increase in the number of fixed penalty notices (fines) for litter highlight that action is at long last being taken to seriously tackle this issue,” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest).
The previous Labour administration of Renfrewshire Council had a light touch approach to issuing fines for littering which resulted in the council coming 30 out of 32 councils when it came to the level of street cleanliness.
In the past year Cllr Kenny MacLaren, along with colleagues within the SNP group, have been demanding greater enforcement from community wardens to help clean up Paisley and Renfrewshire.
The latest edition of the council’s Information Bulletin highlighted that the number of fixed penalty notices for littering has increased to 45, an increase from the previous month when 27 fines were issued. Prior to this new approach less than half a dozen or so fines were issued every month.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“The council is promoting the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, encouraging residents and groups to look after their own areas and to educate them about having a cleaner environment for all. However, by itself this approach could have a limited effect, so increased enforcement will also help to change people’s attitudes to dropping.
“The difference between the two most recent Information Bulletins which have seen litter fines increase to 27 in one month and now to 45 is in stark contrast to the paltry number of fines that were issued under Labour.
“I am particularly pleased that a significant increase in the fines issued comes from the Paisley North area – which incorporates Paisley town centre. This has seen 29 fines for litter issued in this area out of the 45 across Renfrewshire.