Call for mandatory community service for those caught littering

Published 11/04/2012 | 11:12

Cllr. James O'sullivan believes community service orders would punish litterbugs while helping to clean up the countryside at the same time.

PEOPLE caught littering should serve mandatory community service sentences, according to a Greystones councillor.

Councillor James O'sullivan said that while he welcomed a recent clean up of some of Wicklow's roads following his representations to the National Roads Authority, the problem still needed to be tackled through punishing those responsible.

Speaking on the matter, Councillor O'sullivan said 'I'm delighted, following my representations to the Chief Executive of the National Roads Authority, that swift action has been taken on the litter problem on the M11/N11 by Wicklow County.

'We need to take decisive action on those who would litter our County. It is totally unacceptable that this is allowed to happen. I believe those who are caught dumping, should serve mandatory community service, helping to punish them and clean up our countryside in the process.

'With the summer coming up, we need to be conscious of presenting our county in the best possible light to visitors and I will be continuing to pursue the local authority seeking for the development of a strategy to ensure the level of litter on the roadside is kept to a minimum in the future. 'While much more still has to be done to ensure all the roads throughout County Wicklow are clean and tidy, this is a welcome start', he said.

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