|Bridge Street in happier times...|
Figures released by Peterborough City Council, claim that 2,344 residents have been fined for littering since new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) came into force in June.
The PSPOs are being enforced by employees from a Welsh based company Kingdom and a handful of council officers.
The litter fines are said to average around 16 a day - and as an incentive to levy fines Kingdom receive £46.50 from each £60 ticket. Littering is clearly a profitable business for the cash strapped council, it trousered some £50k, whereas Kingdom stashed some £108,996 during the period.
For very little extra effort, the Council could have easily organised its own in-house team to levy fines and reduce the budget deficit, by £100k rather than give this Welsh firm the business..
Ansar Ali, a Labour councillor for North Ward Councillor, says he's not seen much difference.
"There are times when you still see bins overflowing. We as a council have a responsibility for that because people are paying their business and council taxes." He added.
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