IT is feared that efforts to cut down on the sea of cigarette butts in town and village centres have already been abandoned.
Council chiefs announced the zero tolerance approach would start on Monday, March 12. Over the next seven days wardens issued 24 fines of £50 to those caught littering.
However, no more fines were issued over the following week – sparking fears that the campaign in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and beyond has been stubbed out.
Kenny Simpson, East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of housing and community services, said: “The council is pleased with how the campaign went.
“Patrols are part of our environmental wardens’ general duties and as such they will continue to operate a zero tolerance approach to cigarette litter and issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught dropping their cigarette litter.
“We are sure people will appreciate that wardens cannot patrol town centres all the time and we would urge people to dispose of their cigarette litter responsibly.”
He added that an audit would be carried out of town centre streets to determine whether there had been an improvement.
But the Herald has been inundated with calls from readers saying the campaign has made little difference, with Kirkintilloch East and Twechar councillor Jack Young labelling the scheme “a shambles”.
One Harestanes resident said: “I’ve never seen so many cigarette butts lying around and a week of fining a couple of people will make no difference.
“I’ve not heard of anybody being fined outwith the main town centre area, which is at least cleaned on a regular basis. The worst problems are in other parts of the town.”
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