LITTERING and flytipping are to be at the centre of a Government inquiry aimed at tackling a problem which costs £1billion nationally every year and has proved controversial across Gloucester.
The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched the inquiry to help reduce the 30million tonnes of litter picked up every year on the streets of England.
Problem areas in the city pinpointed as having litter issues in the past include Barton Street and College Street.
Keep Britain Tidy has placed more than £1billion on the annual cost of managing litter and its knock-on effects nationally.
The Government is asking for written submissions on what problems litter and flytipping create for communities, whether the situation is improving and if local authorities are doing a good job at managing the rubbish.
Pam Tracey, Gloucester city councillor for Westgate, pictured, said: “Shopkeepers and residents in the city need to take more responsibility in making sure Gloucester looks tidy. A lot of people moan about the seagulls but it’s the shopkeepers who leave their bin bags out in the street for too long. Something needs to be done.”
On the Citizen’s Facebook page, Wilfried Dautlich said: “Tourists arriving to Gloucester by coach are greeted by a rundown depressing coach station, litter and cigarette stubs, never mind dozens of ‘no smoking’ signs. Go to Scandinavia and most of continental Europe and see the difference.”
Rhiannon Richards said: “It’s not the quantity of rubbish that’s the issue. The seagulls rip open the bags that are left in town for collection and scatter it across the streets.”
A city council spokesman said: “We take the problem of litter and flytipping very seriously and we have a number of different measures to deal with this including street wardens, social media and CCTV cameras.”