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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Almost 200 fined in Carlisle clean-up push

Nearly 200 people have been hit with fines as the campaign to clean Carlisle’s streets shows no signs of easing.

Morven Anson photo
Morven Anson

Eleven people have also been prosecuted in court – with another 10 cases pending – for environmental crimes. They’ve been snared by council enforcers charged with changing attitudes and making the district a better place to live.

The push on Carlisle City Council’s Love Where You Live campaign continues with a new awareness-raising initiative started this week with thousands of leaflets being put through peoples’ doors urging community groups to apply for grants to improve their areas.

Elsie Martlew, the city councillor who holds the environment brief, said: “The aim of our campaign is to promote a culture of behavioural change, not a quick-fix solution.

“We need residents and businesses to work alongside us to tackle litter, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour.”

Between April 2012 and 2013, 37 fines were issued for dog fouling, 40 fines for littering and another 24 for fly posting.

So far this financial year, 41 fines have been issued for dog fouling, the same for littering and eight for fly posting.

The clean-up campaign was launched after the state of the streets and problems caused by dog dirt were raised in feedback as one of the biggest issues people in places including Carlisle, Brampton and Longtown wanted tackled.

Its latest phase includes the launch of a competition to win £500 for community projects. The money can be used for cleaning up an open area, adding fencing or a community litter pick.

Morven Anson, who leads the council team spearheading the project, hopes the competition will encourage more community pride and reinforce the community work going on.

“The statistics show that more and more people are aware that our enforcement officers are out there,” she said.

Entrants for the grants competition should give details of how the money would be spent and how the completed scheme would be maintained.

Entry forms are available from the Civic Centre. Entries must be submitted by March 28 to Love Where You Live Competition, Fifth Floor, Carlisle Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG. For more details call 01228 817559, email lovewhereyoulive@carlisle.gov.uk or go to www.carlisle.gov.uk.

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