Clean up York

Clean up York

Clean up York

First published in Letters by

D M DEAMER’S letter (My messy ideas, Letters, July 25) and others regarding the messy state of York’s streets prompts me to voice support for his idea of community wardens.

Except we have them already, bar a bit of authority, reshuffling and training: namely the traffic wardens.

I have long advocated extending their powers. Litter has been a problem for at least a decade!

The wardens on the streets are where it counts, and with the right powers could make those who drop litter accountable.

I truly feel that most people have a guilty conscience - and a gentle approach from someone in a uniform - a simple request that they retrieve their discarded litter and place it in a bin - would in most instances work wonders.

But if the soft approach strategy doesn’t improve the problem, well, police have the power to issue on-the-spot fines for traffic misdemeanours.

It would be worth consideration giving similar power to wardens. Perhaps the power to ask for ID and tell the persons concerned that they need to “clean up their act’ and that they are now on record.

In my opinion and observations, having lived close to and worked in the heart of the city for two decades I regret to say that the city is dirtier nowadays and it’s not predominantly because of an increase in tourists.

David Brooks, Stockton Lane, York.

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4:10pm Tue 29 Jul 14

PR Willey says...

Very interesting idea this, however, flawed from the start.
Traffic wardens don't have the power to issue tickets for "moving traffic offences", for example, if a car was driving through the pedestrian zone after 1030am, a traffic warden (I believe) could not stand in the middle of the road, put his hand up and stop the car to issue a ticket, only the Police have that power.
Therefore, would traffic wardens be given the power to issue "on the spot" fines for littering?
To issue an "on the spot" fine you must have a name/address to place on the ticket, how many people would give their name and address to somebody other than a Police Officer who has the power of arrest if needed?
I certainly wouldn't.
Giving a ticket to a vehicle is very different to giving one to a person, a person can answer/abuse back!
Very interesting idea this, however, flawed from the start. Traffic wardens don't have the power to issue tickets for "moving traffic offences", for example, if a car was driving through the pedestrian zone after 1030am, a traffic warden (I believe) could not stand in the middle of the road, put his hand up and stop the car to issue a ticket, only the Police have that power. Therefore, would traffic wardens be given the power to issue "on the spot" fines for littering? To issue an "on the spot" fine you must have a name/address to place on the ticket, how many people would give their name and address to somebody other than a Police Officer who has the power of arrest if needed? I certainly wouldn't. Giving a ticket to a vehicle is very different to giving one to a person, a person can answer/abuse back! PR Willey
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3:09am Wed 30 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Traffic..... Warden...???

Hmmmh, now there's something I haven't seen in York for God knows how long.
Traffic..... Warden...??? Hmmmh, now there's something I haven't seen in York for God knows how long. Magicman!
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