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Maidstone Conservatives Give Green Light to Motorist Litter-louts

January 24, 2015 9:26 PM

These shocking images of litter-strewn verges on one short stretch of Pilgrim's Way at Boxley, in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, provide yet more evidence that Maidstone is losing the battle with the litter louts. These photographs were taken in the very week that Keep Britain Tidy published research indicating that streets with rubbish strewn across them could have between 2.7 and 11.8% wiped off the value of local homes.

The ugly and hazardous 'strand-lines' of litter characterising Maidstone's highways and by-ways are yet more evidence of just how disastrous Conservative-led Maidstone Council's decision was to stop enforcement against littering from cars.

Under Liberal Democrat leadership Maidstone Council gained a national reputation for its tough and innovative enforcement against littering and fly-tipping. With the Lib Dems in charge motorists knew that they couldn't throw rubbish from their vehicle without risking a fine. Sadly, under Maidstone Conservatives litter-lout drivers are getting off scot free.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Tony Harwood, who once led a County-wide task force to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping, stated: "The current epidemic of litter and fly-tipping disfiguring our town and countryside is causing very real reputational damage to our area." He continued: "By axing Maidstone's successful enforcement regime against littering from cars Maidstone Conservatives have given a green light to the litter-louts."

Cllr. Fran Wilson, Leader of Maidstone Council Lib Dems, is determined that enforcement is re-introduced in Maidstone and added: "Our local manifesto contains a pledge to bring back tough enforcement against this anti-social and dangerous behaviour." She concluded: "Nottingham City Council recently announced that they had issued over a 1000 fixed penalty notices to motorist litter louts in one year. Why can't Maidstone Borough Council be just as tough?"