Oldham Council slammed as number of littering and fly-tipping fines fall

New figures revealed by Oldham Liberal Democrats show a drastic fall in the number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) that Oldham Council is issuing for littering and fly-tipping offences. Leader of the Opposition and Liberal Democrat representative for Shaw councillor Howard Sykes MBE has slammed Oldham Council for “completely failing on the basics.”

A Freedom of Information answer provided to the Liberal Democrats confirms that the council issued only 64 littering fines in 2022, down from 194 in 2020, when covid restrictions were still in place. The Council also confirmed that fewer fly-tipping fines were meted out – 33 in 2022, down from 50 in 2020.

Councillor Sykes said, “Here we have another stark example of the Labour administration completely failing on the basics. The Council has issued fewer fines for littering and fly-tipping than it managed to during the worst year of the pandemic.”

“We hear a lot of talk about the success of campaigns like “Don’t Trash Oldham” but the reality is Labour haven’t got a grip on environmental crime. These numbers are shocking. Liberal Democrats have proposed practical action and found the cash to crack down on people who blight our communities with these enviro crimes,” stated councillor Sykes.

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