The council condemns the ‘unauthorized West Common art project’, but families are jumping to its defense


No cycling. No waste. Collect your dog’s poetry, do not make trouble in gangs – and definitely not drinking.

The rules are common sense, but shoppers should still avoid cyclists who drive too fast, who weave their way through the pedestrian street on Scunthorpe main street.

The North Lincolnshire Council has erected a series of stylish signs with the new high street rules aimed at making it a ‘no-go zone for criminals’.

They include high fines for each of the offenses – anyone caught drinking will be fined £ 100, while waste will cost you £ 150.

Some shoppers are hoping the rules will clean up the main street and encourage more shops back, while others think it’s too little, too late.

On a busy Friday morning, most rules are observed with the exception of cycling.

The council condemns the ‘unauthorized West Common art project’, but families are jumping to its defense

Scunthorpe Main Street Rules, drawn up by the North Lincolnshire Council. | Photo: Jamie Waller

The Local Democracy Service spotted about ten people cycling through crowds over the course of half an hour – though others responsibly stepped off and pushed.

Shoppers say bikes still worry them, and e-scooters are also becoming a threat.

“The rules are a step in the right direction,” Abid Khan said.

“Bicycles can certainly be dangerous when weaving around, and they can get down the street very quickly. I’ve seen lots of near-accidents.

“This is a pedestrian area and it should be enforced.”

Deidre Burnett said: “You have to take care of bikes around 3.30pm when schools close. But e-scooters have become more of an issue than bikes with young people flying around on them.

“The street is very tidy today, so I can not say that there is a problem with garbage – cleaning staff come around regularly six days a week. You have lots of pigeons, but they show up everywhere.”

In terms of garbage, the street was actually immaculate and trash cans were not crowded.

No one had decided to take a sip of alcohol at that time of day – though evenings and weekends may be a different matter.

There was a group of elderly ladies having a chat outside a coffee shop, but presumably they did not call into the ‘smuggling’ category.

Some, however, believed that antisocial behavior was not the main problem of the main street to be solved.

Friends Gale Moss and Sue Brown had reluctantly entered the city center and did not think any rules would convince them to visit them more often.

“It’s ugly, I do not like to enter the city center. We avoid it, except when we come to have our nails done, “Gale said.

Sue added: “It just looks dirty. I don’t think that will change until more stores open up.”

Graham Frith, owner of the Scunthorpe Tackle Center, said he wanted to see changes to attract shops back to the city center.

“I hope it works – many big names have moved to retail parks over the last ten to 15 years, so it will require a lot of investment and change to bring them back.”

The North Lincolnshire Council says the rules will help make it a safe and inviting place.

Leader Rob Waltham said: “It’s great to hear that people are starting to follow the rules, but those who do not need to know, we will continue to enforce until they do too – the area will be a no-go zone for criminals.

“The small minority of people who believe that certain behaviors are acceptable will realize that they will not be tolerated; the main street will be a safe and inviting place for people to shop and meet friends.

“There are a lot of fantastic self-employed traders who work hard to bring a wide range of products to people – these are the ones we support.

“Just as we have continued to push the fines for people who throw rubbish, we will keep pushing to stop this antisocial behavior in the High Street.

“We will redouble our efforts to get them to change their behavior.”

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