…business entities are not civic and law-abiding – acting Town ClerkThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will soon harshly clamp down on litterers by enforcing punitive penalties against them.Acting Town Clerk Sherry Jerrick“In our littering campaign, and when it comes to the enforcement aspect, we will be taking measures against them, we will have systems in place to take care of that,” acting Town Clerk Sherry Jerrick told media operatives on Tuesday.The littering campaign will take into consideration public awareness, public education with a special emphasis to be placed on enforcement.Lambasting illegal dumpers, the acting Town Clerk noted that garbage build-up in Georgetown is as a result of the non-compliance of commercial businesses.According to Jerrick, the business entities are not civic and law-abiding and continue disobey the City Council’s bylaws.“We must take notice of the glaring fact which is on our streets, take Regent Street, which is a commercial district…persons do not have adequate waste receptacles to cater for their garbage, they are not law-abiding, they are not responsible, they are not civic , these businesses continue to have boxes, throwing them on the streets, they do not have garbage bins , if they had that, I am quite certain that one day of non-collection will never ever result in what we are seeing out there on the streets and that is the problem”.She added that businesses in the city do not have enough receptacles to take off the waste that they generate.“They are comfortable with dumping those waste on the streets. How can that be the right thing to do? It is not and it must stop. We have got to come together and take concern and care about our environment and about the public health crisis that can come as a result of that… can’t keep the garbage on their premises until such time that clearances are made,” the Town Clerk lambasted.However, the Mayor Ubraj Narine noted that the new sets of bylaws approved by the Council in 2018 cater for increased penalties to be implemented for those found to be littering. Narine revealed that presently, the Council’s hands are tied since it is awaiting a finalising process to be completed.“The policy is already placed there, but it has to now finalise with an attorney and so on, the Minister of Communities. These things must run through these other officials so that we can able to have clearance to move forward with it,” Narine said.Previously, the Mayor had called for the littering penalty fee to be increase from its current $10,000 to $50,000 as part of the new anti-littering law.“The Council is cash-strapped, and so if persons continue to litter, we will not be able to accomplish anything; we will be going around in circles. Every time we clean, persons will go back and dump garbage… As part of the strategy, we are also considering a raise in the fee from $10,000 to $50,000”.“I appeal to the public, I am begging to let us work together, to have respect for environment and be able to find a way to deal with this garbage situation in the city,” Narine appealed.
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THE Ulster Unionist Party in the North is at war with each other again after leader Mike Nesbitt withdrew the Assembly whip from Donegal-born Basil McCrea over the Union flag row.On Thursday, Mr McCrea, an MLA for Lagan Valley but originally from Ramelton and seen as a liberal unionist, said a UUP leaflet put through 40,000 homes condeming the Alliance Party over its stance on the Union flag was “reprehensible”.The leaflet was not approved by party leader Mike Nesbitt but distributed by the UUP east Belfast constituency association. But by lunchtime on Thursday, Mr McCrea received word that his party boss Mike Nesbitt was withdrawing the whip on him in the Assembly.It is expected he will face disciplinary action for speaking out against fellow party members in the flag row.Three UUP councillors at Belfast City Hall have already complained to the party leadership demanding Mr McCrea be disciplined.Asked asked about his future in UUP, Mr McCrea said: “I will not make a knee jerk reaction. There is an issue here and I am loyal to my voters.” He defended his stance on the Union flag and said there needed to leadership in the North.He added: “I may be a minority of one but the truth is still the truth. The protests have lost the moral authority.”On hearing the news about Basil McCrea, political commentator and former UUP press secretary, Alex Kane tweeted: ”Mike Nesbitt is leader in name only.”Earlier on Thursday, Mr McCrea had called for all-party talks to resolve the ongoing flag dispute.There have been loyalist protests since Belfast councillors voted to restrict the flying of the flag at the city hall. Some of the protests have resulted in rioting and violent attacks on police and property.The DUP wants a consultation process to extend the number of days the union flag is flown at Stormont.A meeting of the assembly commission, the cross-party group that manages the estate, did not go ahead on Tuesday because there were not enough members present.Sinn Fein, the SDLP and Alliance boycotted the meeting. Mr McCrea said the past two weeks had been a “disaster for Northern Ireland, the business community in Belfast and the pro-union family”.“The negative images conveyed throughout the world are destroying jobs, businesses and our prospects for peace and prosperity,” he said.Mr McCrea said any decision regarding the flying of the union flag at Belfast City Hall was “bound to raise tensions” if not “handled with care”.“Political parties in city hall seem determined to obtain maximum short term political advantage with reckless disregard for the future of Northern Ireland,” he said.The Lagan Valley MLA said the situation could have been handled in a better way, and used the example of Lisburn City Council where a similar decision was taken in 2006 without large scale civil unrest.He called for all-party talks to resolve the flag issue.“This issue of flags represents a fundamental schism in our political thinking and it should be dealt with, not in some back room deal where things are pressurised or votes are brought to bear in a way that wasn’t meant to happen but by full and frank discussion in a democratic matter,” he said.“The discussion on flags in their entirety across the whole of Northern Ireland should take place in all- party talks convened for that purpose.”Twenty-nine police officers have been injured during loyalist demonstrations since Belfast City Council voted to change its flag policy on 3 December.Nationalist councillors, who hold a majority on the council, wanted to remove the flag completely.However, Sinn Fein and the SDLP backed a compromise motion, proposed by the Alliance party, to fly the flag on designated days rather than all year round.Death threats have been issued to several senior politicians, including First Minister Peter Robinson and Alliance MP Naomi Long since the protests began.The homes and offices of several Alliance party members have also been targeted.DONEGAL-BORN UNIONIST IN PARTY ROW OVER UNION FLAG was last modified: December 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL-BORN UNIONIST IN PARTY ROW OVER UNION FLAG