Following repeated calls from constituents about the state of Hove’s streets, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has written to Penny Thompson, Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council, about the appalling state of streets in his constituency and called for a new approach to tackling litter.
In his letter, Mike said: “Residents regularly contact me about the state of our streets, but I have certainly had an increased number of complaints about dog fouling in recent months. I appreciate that catching owners in the act is difficult, yet a new approach is clearly required. Similarly, when it comes to littering, I know that a number of local authorities have contracted private firms to enforce an on-the-spot fine policy. This is an obvious deterrent and excellent way of raising revenue. Only those who offend will face a fine.”
Commenting, Mike said: “One of the most basic duties that people expect of their council is for their streets to be clean and tidy, unfortunately Cityclean, the council’s cleaning service, is a misnomer. Sadly the problem appears to be getting worse, particularly amongst irresponsible dog owners. Offenders might think twice about not picking up after their dogs if the punishment was to clean up Hove’s streets for a day.”