Cllr Simon Carter in the paper:
The Liberal Democrats believe to tackle anti-social behaviour, a greater police presence is required on the streets.
I really don’t want this to become one of those blogs that just points out that Lib Dems sometimes say things that the rest of us just find difficult to square with earlier actions. But, when your party chooses not to vote for the resources to introduce neighbourhood policing then what you believe becomes a bit academic.
That said, the more general point being made by the paper – that when fixed penalty notices (FPN) are given there ought to be a better than one in three collection rate – seems perfectly reasonable.
For FPNs to be effective there needs to be as sense that you can’t (and shouldn’t) avoid paying, and if they’re not then maybe the police (or other authorities who use them) need to think again.