As rubbish and neglect seems topical at the moment, I must thank another regular reader for these two pictures. The contrasting causes for the problems are perhaps piquant!
TDC clearly falling down on the dog pooh problem in St Peter's Recreation Ground led to this unsavoury pile of deposits steaming in the summer sun-shine yesterday morning. (I am told this has now been rectified.)
The litter in Hawley Square last night cannot be blamed on our hard-pressed TDC teams. This is entirely the responsibility of the scroat who dropped it, despite being within spitting distance of the bin across the road!
Perhaps we should all try and do better?
It might help if TDC monitored better their little lorries scurrying about the towns behind street cleaners etc . On Monday morning a private residence with the ground floor flat being revamped, had one of their lorries pull up and amidst merriment and real urgency, the decorator and TDC chaps loaded up debris into the lorry that had been piled in the front garden. It did not seem an official activity and I am suspicious that it was not. Mentioning this to one or two contacts revealed that 'moon-lighting' work of this nature for a few quid to a Council mate is a well know feature in Thanet and not only during the week but at week-ends.
Perhaps we should take a lesson from pupils from Holy Trinity & St Johns Primary school who were out in force this morning in yellow jackets and with TDC waste bags cleaning up litter in Dane Park? My first thought was that TDC must be desperate if they have now got children doing the work, as the full bags indicated the sorry prior state of the Park. Then I thought that as an 'eco' school it was a sensible activity for pupils but surely as a 'voluntary' activity after school?
Is it unreasonable to expect children to be taught at school during school hours and not picking up litter in our local park in such quantities that would indicate TDC is not on top of the problem?
Sam Dodson at York Street Gallery in Ramsgate - Sam Dodson this week until Wednesday of next week
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