The Thanet Times today, tells us that TDC employees have been busy catching seriously anti-social members of our community who dropped their cigarette ends in Cecil St and Northdown Road. I wouldn't mind too much, as when all is said and done, it is still 'Litter'. However, my eyeballs are offended less by cigarette butts on the pavement that can be swept up or disintegrate in a few days, than kilometres of hideously visually polluting security fencing now being installed at the behest of TDC officers! We will have to have these polluting fences in our gaze for many years to come.
That scourge of all Thanet smokers, Cllr Jo Gideon is also quoted as saying that not displaying a sign like this is bad for your pocket. I don't often feel sympathy for Thanet's Frank T but when the Queens Head gets a £200 fine for not displaying one of these signs I share his thoughts regarding it being 'over-zealous and over the top'! Some customer obviously peeled off the sign the night before and it is probably now adorning a bedroom door.
There cannot be a smoker left in the UK who still thinks its OK to smoke in a club, pub, shop or business premises 6 months after the ban was introduced. We no longer need these signs; they have done their job and are now redundant and unsightly visual pollution.
Doesn't Cllr Gideon not think that a Friday morning 'raid' by Council Officers (plural) and POLICE OFFICERS is a waste of TDC effort and a disgraceful waste of Police resources when we have had TWO murders on our 'patch' and enough 'real' cime to worry about? So the Police have time to go round sniffing out missing no smoking signs but do not routinely investigate burglary. This situation would seem risible if it wasn't such a sad commentary of our 'Leaders' ' priorities.
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