Local business owners and councillors have voiced their concerns about the amount of litter seen on streets and in public areas within Wrexham Town Centre.
At the latest Town Centre Forum Cliff Ottley-Thistlethwaite, owner of Inkxperts on Yorke Street pointed out a number of empty cans were cast aside on a daily basis (just by our offices!) and that the seating areas were outside the view of the CCTV cameras. Inspector Mark Williams pledged the backing of the police, who have ordered PSCO’s to challenge and issue tickets to anyone seen littering in a public area. Councillor Hugh Jones highlighted an area on the council doorstep, Llwyn Isaf, as another problem area and pushed for more action:-
“A much more aggressive approach is needed and we need to adopt a zero tolerance policy,” he said.
There were also calls for Yale College to take some responsibility for Llwyn Isaf green as students use the area both during and after their day at college. Leader of the Council Neil Rogers had already spoken with Yale College Principal Jasbir Dhesi in a bid to address this issue and earlier today we received a statement from the college:-
“Yale College are aware of criticism targeted at students for leaving litter behind on Llwyn Isaf green and are working closely with partners in the Council to minimise concerns.
Over the summer break, the College Estates Team has developed additional green spaces on campus, with more work planned over the coming weeks as an alternative to students who may occasionally use Llwyn Isaf.”
Principal Jasbir Dhesi added:-
“We have an excellent relationship with our colleagues at Wrexham County Borough Council and I am confident our joint approach will find a solution.”
The situation will be reviewed at the next Town Centre Forum meeting in early October.