Litter-busting scheme lauded

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WAKEFIELD was commended for working to tackle litter last week, reaching the final of the Keep Britain Tidy awards.

Wakefield Council’s anti-social behaviour team and Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), narrowly missed out on the top spot at the 2012 awards which recognise good environmental practices.

The city was acknowledged for a pilot scheme undertaken by the council and WDH in 2010 to tackle litter on private land.

Several people were prosecuted at court and had fines imposed for litter problems after an audit of around 400 properties.

Coun Maureen Cummings, the council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “It is fantastic that the hard work the council and WDH has put into tackling litter on private land has been recognised.

“By working closely with partners, we are giving out a clear message that littering is unacceptable and we will take action against those who continue to do so.”