ad

Holywell clergyman slams council's drive against littering

Published date: 06 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
Read more articles by Staff reporter Email reporter


 

A RETIRED priest has launched into an ungodly rant over a council anti-littering drive.

The Rev James Thompson, of Holywell, said Flintshire Council’s Operation Clean-Up, which sees authority enforcement officers dish out fixed penalty notices to people caught littering and not cleaning up after their dogs, involved the officers

“snooping about” at taxpayers’ expense looking for smokers or dog owners.

Under the operation one woman ended up with a £470 final bill for dropping a cigarette butt after prosecution.

In a strongly worded letter to the Leader, Mr Thompson, who is well known as the self-styled ‘animal padre’ in his role as patron of Capricorn Animal Rescue and for his regular pets blessing services at the Quaystone Chapel and Bithell Chapel, called the operation “heartless” and “ruthless”.

He said: “We undoubtedly need to have our streets kept clean for the benefit of those who use them, and those who contaminate them need to be duly warned, and if persistent, duly punished.

“But for Christ’s sake – let the penalty fit the crime.

“Do not be responsible – as has this council – in (the case of) one lady shopper in Shotton being fined an exorbitant £470 and another lady in Mold being fined £210, both of whom had merely dropped, and left, one single biodegradeable ‘fag end’ on a single pavement.”

The new scheme came under the spotlight recently when mum-of-three Claire Forrester, of Garden City was landed with a £470 court bill after failing to pay a fixed penalty fine for dropping a cigarette butt.

Miss Forrester, 34, said she was unable to pay the initial £75 fine imposed in March and, on June 26, Flintshire Council carried out a successful prosecution against her at Flintshire Magistrates Court, in her absence.

Mr Thompson’s rant also singled out a council request for residents to inform them of any neighbours they know to be littering for criticism.

Flintshire Council said it wished to make no response to the letter.

Previously Cllr Kevin Jones, Flintshire Council cabinet member for waste strategy, said: “Dog fouling, littering, fly-tipping and graffiti is anti-social and will not be tolerated.”

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

You must be a registered user to leave a comment. Register or login here.

  1. Posted by: wonderwho at 14:24 on 06 August 2014 Report

    Flintshire councilors need to look around the county between the fast food outlets of Caerwys and Ewloe and see how much rubbish is being thrown out of passing cars, Lloc road, Fron Park road and the Brynford Hill, Holywell, get their staff to look out in those areas they are in a disgusting state

Past pictures from Wats Dyke

  • l10a91c2
  • l10541ff
  • l108191f
Local Bygones

View thousands more photos like this on www.localbygones.co.uk

Browse our archive
 

Local Business Offers & Promotions


    View all offers & promotions

    Featured Businesses

    • MGS Garage
      MOT's for all makes and models classes 4 & 7
      More »
    • Oriel House Hotel
      Family day with Lunch & Puppet Show “Robin Hood” Adults £10, Child £7.50 Christmas Day Lunch £62.50 for Adults & Children £25.00 to include visit to Santa’s grotto New Year Eve Ticket £45 for Cocktail, 4 course Dinner & Entertainment
      View website »
    • Presents With A Difference
      Professional, reliable and friendly service for full or part house clearances.
      More »
    • Mr & Mrs Davies
      Freeview and freesat specialists, helping you with all your digital switch over needs.
      More »
    View all adverts