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Keep Lowestoft tidy

PUBLISHED: 11:38 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:42 05 July 2010

WHILE I am pleased to read about the recent clean up of Lowestoft for the start of the tourist season I would like to raise a couple of points on behalf of the residents of the town who live here all year round and would like to live in an attractive and clean town in winter as well as summer.

WHILE I am pleased to read about the recent clean up of Lowestoft for the start of the tourist season I would like to raise a couple of points on behalf of the residents of the town who live here all year round and would like to live in an attractive and clean town in winter as well as summer.

Instead of having a massive and expensive clear up once a year, clearing litter could potentially become self-financing, through on the spot fining of offenders.

The mobile CCTV camera could be used in known fly tipping areas and naming and shaming convicted litterers and flytippers should act as a deterrent and help to reduce future problems.

The money raised from fines might be used to employ environmental rangers, a scheme originally suggested as a replacement for the street wardens when their funding ended.

In some towns, rangers have been successfully used to monitor and prevent not just littering and tipping but also vandalism and some vehicle crime.

With a little creative thinking, the costly annual clean up might become a thing of the past, and council tax payers would enjoy a tidy and attractive town all year round.

JO WILDE

St Peter's Street

Lowestoft

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