Tribune policy focus: Environment

Tribune is pleased to announce our policies for the 2018 Local Elections, which we believe will have a huge impact on the day-to-day lives of the people in our Borough.

We have grouped our aims and objectives into three headline categories: Environment, Transparency, Business. This article is taking a specific look at our Environment policies.

You can read more about Tribune, our principles and aims on our About page.

Regardless of which area you live in, the main areas of concern seem to be parking, fly-tipping, dog fouling and the appearance of run down areas. Tribune has clear aims to pursue policies that would deal with these concerns.

1. Combine current Parking, Environment and Street Wardens into one multi-task department, able to take enforcement action against those who damage our environment or cause nuisance. This should be a cost neutral re-organisation, with savings being made through the amalgamation of those departments and the greater efficiency of staff combined into a single department.

Staff would be up-skilled to deal with all aspects that the new department will cover. It will allow us to increase patrols and target areas to times when enforcement officers would be most effective, as well as allowing for a presence in the villages.

2. We will challenge the disastrous decision by Norfolk County Council to increase charges at recycling centres. We believe this will lead to an increase in the levels of fly-tipping in the borough.

3. We want to have closer relations with the local probation service, so we would look to work with the “community service” teams in utilising offenders time on community improvement projects. We would also seek closer relationships with the Youth Offending Team to work with young offenders under court orders to offer skill based community work, to help improve outcomes for those young people.

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