Residents fear job cuts could make litter and dog fouling worse in Cleethorpes
DOG fouling and litter continue to cause problems in Cleethorpes – and residents fear cuts to services will make it worse.
Members of North East Lincolnshire Council's Community Pride team – which is responsible for keeping the streets clean – have been made redundant in a bid to save £750,000.
Some residents claim the amount of dog excrement and litter on pavements in the Haverstoe Ward, including outside Signhills Academy, has increased.
Peter Kingsford, a member of Haverstoe Community Forum, said: "There are irresponsible people out there who do not clean up, right outside the primary school, every single day. It is disgusting.
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"But to stop people from doing it, we need witnesses out there at certain times of the day. That used to be the community pride team."
Since 2011, nine-and-a-half community pride positions have been lost.
NELC is exploring hiring a private company to carry out patrols and fine irresponsible dog owners.
Last year, the authority bought an £18,000 Fido street cleaning machine, but this is not often used because it cannot clean alleyways and narrow streets.
Haverstoe ward councillor Keith Brookes said: "They have reduced the Community Pride team by half. We have just one Fido machine, which is ideal for cleaning up parks... why have we paid for a machine that is sitting there doing nothing?
"Residents often say they know the people who are dropping litter and so on, and that it happens every morning. I urge them all to report it to NELC."
Other hotspots include Cleethorpes Country Park, the main promenade and Bolingbroke Road.
Yet the council said it has received only two dog fouling complaints in the ward in six months
Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for community safety and neighbourhoods, said: "Community Pride has a rolling programme of engagement around dog fouling issues, including putting up signs and engaging with dog walkers as well as enforcement, including the issuing of fixed penalty notices.
"We will continue to remove dog fouling from public area's with Fido and street cleansing teams.
"Community pride will also play a role in encouraging dog walkers to act responsibility and those who fail to do so will be treated accordingly."
If you spot a littering or dog fouling problem, contact NELC on 01472 372236 or log onto www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk and comment on this article, and we will pass it on.