What a surprise, another poorly researched story in the Gazette today, which writes of rubbish bins overflowing in Westgate.
Take a quick glance at the bin in question. It's a dog-waste bin. As a local councillor, I've been successful in having the older waste bins, made of metal, replaced with the newer, high volume plastic ones. Not the most exciting of challenges but it goes with the territory!
This particular bin, is, I believe, the one that is on the cliff top above the West bay cafe. In fact, I've now made two requests for more rubbish bins in that particular spot. Why? Well if you notice the Somerfield and Angelo's delicatessen bags stuffed into it, there's a clue.
The school of English is just across the road and at lunchtimes, local residents will know that the students, who appear to be mostly Russian, migrate, en masse to the village delicatessen for European-style food. Somerfield is almost next-door and many of the bags and the bottles find their way on to the clifftop and sometimes if we're lucky, into the dog waste bin!
I've had a quick conversation with the school and they have kindly offered to remind the students about keeping the grass area free of the remains of their contental lunch.
Hopefully, at least, the story may expedite the arrival of a rubbish bin for use by the students but local residents may have noticed, as I do, that even the arrival of very large bins at strategic points along the seafront, doesn't always encourage visitors to actually use them.