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Tories give green light to litter bugs, fly-tippers and anti-social behaviour

January 18, 2005 12:00 AM

Wokingham's Conservative MP, John Redwood, is under fire from the Liberal Democrats for opposing important new measures to help councils protect the local environment.

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill will grant tough new powers to tackle litter bugs, fly-tippers, fly-posters and other types of antisocial and criminal behaviour that damage the environment.

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Councillor Prue Bray, said: "John Redwood has let his constituents down by voting to reject this important bill. If he pays any attention to his postbag at all - or even if he simply reads the local papers - he must know that people are absolutely fed up with the unsightly and unpleasant rubbish and litter that blows about our streets.

"What's more, the Conservatives have said they don't think the measures in the bill are needed in rural areas. This is an astonishing claim. Fly-tipping in the countryside is a huge problem.

By voting against the bill, the Conservatives have rejected an opportunity to provide much stronger environmental protection in both town and country, and have demonstrated they really do not care about the quality of life issues which matter to the rest of us."