ON PATROL - LOOKING FOR BETTER
Our Lib Dem led Council has invested over £300K in reinforcing police capabilities, in the town and in rural parts of the borough.
Police numbers are growing. But they are hard pressed. And many residents and businesses complain at poor behaviour, aggressive beggars, litter and other low level anti-social behaviour that reduce their enjoyment of our town and make some feel unsafe.
New enforcement action by Colchester Borough Council is underway. In the first of many patrol weekends, a team of six enforcement officers issued a total of 55 fixed penalty notices of £100 to those predominantly caught littering or urinating in the street. The income raised from the fixed penalty notices will be reinvested back into projects to keep the town centre a “clean and welcoming place”.
Our very own Martin Goss: “It is unacceptable people’s enjoyment of our town during the evening and night time hours is spoilt by those who think it acceptable to use the streets and doorways as toilets or who see fit to clutter the pavements with their litter and discarded food. If we want to support a thriving night time economy we need to ensure the town is a clean, safe and welcoming place and we intend to continue to work in partnership with Artemis to help hammer home the message that anyone who blights our town will face a hefty penalty.”
Your listening Council. Lib Dem lead. Responding to residents. Making a difference.