Litter wardens will be on the streets of Derry’s city centre from next month.
The news has been welcomed by Sinn Féin’s Tony Hassan who sits on Derry City Council’s Environmental Services Committee.
He said: “As we move towards Derry being City of Culture next year, it’s important that our streets and green spaces are free from litter.
“The introduction of three litter wardens is the start of a process to, hopefully, eradicate the problem of litter in our city centre and raise public awareness of the issue.
“Council Cleansing Department staff do an excellent job in keeping our very busy city centre clean on a daily basis.
“On top of that work there have also been litter bins installed and public awareness campaigns undertaken to try to keep our city centre clean and free of rubbish.
“Sadly, however, there is always a small minority of people who disregard such campaigns and basically throw litter on the ground and walk on. This undermines the work of Council staff and makes our city centre look untidy and messy.”
The wardens, says Colr. Hassan, will patrol the city centre initially in an advisory role, highlighting offences to members of the public and advising them on responsible litter management.
Following an acceptable period of time, the next step will be enforcement.
Colr. Hassan added: “The wardens will patrol in pairs throughout the city centre area from Clarendon Street through to Clooney Terrace, the Riverside Walk through to Bay Road and both St Columb’s and Brooke Park and we hope that litter wardens could operate in other parts of the city in the future.”