YEP Says, May 16: It’s time we all did our bit to help keep Leeds tidy

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EVENTS such as the Tour de Yorkshire have seen Leeds present its best public face to the world beyond Yorkshire. But unfortunately the day to day reality of life in the city and surrounding area is not always so attractive.

EVENTS such as the Tour de Yorkshire have seen Leeds present its best public face to the world beyond Yorkshire. But unfortunately the day to day reality of life in the city and surrounding area is not always so attractive.

Litter louts are costing us dear with £8m a year being spent keeping Leeds’s streets clean – money we can ill-afford to keep spending in light of the budgets cuts being forced on us by central government.

And the situation would be even worse without those groups and individuals who give up their free time to voluntarily pick up rubbish and litter in their local communities.

However, this is an issue that we must all take responsibility for, which is why we are today launching a new campaign – Clean Up Yorkshire – with the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

If more people can be persuaded to lead by example and spare some time to pick up discarded litter, such collective action can make a difference and perhaps force the irresponsible to think twice about their own behaviour.

But while we all need to do our bit, existing laws must also be beefed up, such as by giving street wardens greater powers to impose on-the-spot fines. After all, enforcement is critical to ensuring the good deeds of model citizens don’t go to waste during Leeds’s very own spring clean.

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