Council litter wardens are ‘spat at and abused’

Mayor Billy Webb.
Mayor Billy Webb.

THE borough’s litter wardens have been praised for doing “a fantastic job” after elected representatives witnessed first-hand the abuse that council workers sometimes suffer.

At this month’s Environment Committee meeting on March 8, councillors were given an update on the number of fixed penalty notices and prosecutions handed out from April 1, 2011 up to February 23 this year.

During that period the 296 fixed penalty notices were issued for littering offences, for allowing dogs to stray and for having no dog licence, and 71 prosecutions were made.

Mayor Billy Webb revealed how he recently went on a patrol with the council’s litter wardens.

He told the meeting: “At first it was surprising that I had to wear a flak jacket along with the wardens just to patrol the area.

“And it was even more surprising when a well-spoken lady spat at one of the wardens when he stopped her about what her dog was doing in the area.

“What they have to put up with is just dreadful. It really is incredible the threats they receive just for carrying out their job - and they have to be praised for it.”

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