I didn’t think I would come across anybody as obsessed as me when it comes to litter and the general state of our district, but a recent email has proven me wrong! The three group of photos below were sent to one of our officers in support of a complaint. As you will see, they are of a very rural landscape blighted, albeit very mildly, by litter. Following on from these photos are a set of pictures I took recently, of what the people of Spalding are having to put up with. The message here? If you think what you are suffering is bad madam, just get a load of these!
That’s not to say that this lady isn’t absolutely right to be angry at the disgusting behaviour that leads to this mess – she is. However, she goes on to berate the district council for not carrying out regular litter picks and street cleaning, complaining that she pays a lot more council tax here than when she lived down south. That may be the case overall, but I doubt that she got her refuse and recycling collected weekly, along with the street cleaning and litter picking we are able to do, for just over £1 a week. If the people of South Holland wanted a better standard of street cleaning, they would complaining to their district councillors on a regular basis wouldn’t they? They would also be telling us that if we wanted their votes at the next elections, we would be doing something about these issues. Unfortunately, from my point of view, they aren’t.
The lady in question is also unhappy with the weekly collections as we use bags and not wheelie bins. Unfortunately, this is where we have to part company, as I consider wheelie bins to be nearly as much of a blight of our roads and streets as littering and fly tipping is.