Public urged to report littering culprits in town

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to report those who dump litter and waste in public streets.

Gosport Borough Council is crackling down on those who spoil open spaces.

Its officers want people to report incidents of littering and fly-tipping in a bid to keep the town tidy.

One area which is suffering from litter culprits is Priddy’s Hard.

Ward councillor for the Hardway area, Cllr Roger Allen, said: ‘Most people take pride in their area but you always get some people who just don’t care.

‘I’ve seen cars driving through the area and people chucking cigarette packets out their car windows.

‘The penalty for even dropping a cigarette butt is heavy but the trouble is catching these people in the act. People should take pride in where they live.’

The council’s Streetscene officers carry out regular patrols within the town.

When notified of a spate of problems in a particular area, they can use plain-clothed council officers to monitor an area to try and catch offenders.

Cllr Allen added: ‘We need people to be vigilant and to get involved.

‘If they see anything happening they should report it.’

Streetscene officers are on patrol in the town from 6am to 8pm every day of the week.

Brenda Brooker, spokeswoman from the council, said: ‘We would appreciate any assistance residents can give us in reporting incidents of littering, fly-tipping, dog fouling and other anti-social issues.

‘With their help we can improve the environment for the benefit of everyone.

‘The public can ring for free to report any problems, and if they witness any incidents and can give details of vehicles, people, times and places, it all helps towards us catching and fining those responsible.’

You can report incidents of regular dog fouling or fly-tipping to the council by calling Streetscene on 08000 198 598. All calls are dealt with in confidence.