Councillor Graham Kerr asked the police rep at the West CC meeting earlier this week if anyone had been charged with dropping litter.
“If we see somebody dropping litter they can be charged,” replied Sgt Olga Hansen.
“Has anyone been charged?” Continued Cllr Kerr.
“I did research it but not to my knowledge,” said Olga.
“Maybe next time you come you could research it and tell us how many have been charged.” This observer got the impression that Graham was wanting a few litterbugs charged in the interim.
Olga did add: “If we see someone drop it we would ask them to pick it up.”
Graham feels that litter is a problem in Nairn he said:” The High Street is full of it, the High Street is full of CCTV, no one’s been charged.”
Graham Vine (former councillor) then asked if CCTV was evidence adequate to charge someone with dropping litter.
“It would require to sit and review the CCTV, if there was nobody sitting monitoring at the time. At weekends a lot of people are asked to pick up various things that they drop, it’s usually down to the influence of alcohol. We don’t use CCTV to monitor litter dropping,” replied Olga.
Cllr Brian Stewart then entered the debate: ”By charging one or two people you send a pretty clear message that this is something that is unacceptable. In the same way you would ticket people for parking on yellow lines or ticket people for motoring offences. It’s a very, very clear message. If you transgress you get nailed. Now, to do that with littering wouldn’t require very many people to be charged.”
Olga then added: “A lot of the litter is from takeaways and I know most places where they are licensed they’re supposed to tidy up the mess outside.”
Rosemary Young intervened: “I went to that place over there and told them to tidy up and they were out like a shot. They just need to be warned about it and that would help wouldn’t it?”
Some concern was then expressed at the level of litter being caused by school children. After some more debate Rosemary said: “We are coming to the tourism season now so we want the litter reduced to as minimal as we can get it.”