Friday, August 10, 2007

More Rubbish

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.

12 comments:

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Pity that a few ruin things for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

Oh come off it, litter has always been a Thanet problem, the same as PRATT's parking on 'Dubbel Yello's'
and Bus Stops. Still, TDC workers do just as they please too! I've just seen a TDC van parked on 'Dubbel Yello's' with the driver emptying the nearby parking validation ticket machine, and actually blocking Crescent Road in Birchington. It'll be on that camera over the Bakers Shop for all to see, but that is not open for Public Viewing. How can TDC expect us to obeyu their rules, when they blatantly abuse them themselves.
(Mind you, there were also lots of private cars parked on the 'Dubbel Yello's', so were they all copying the TDC drivers example?)

Anonymous said...

If you think that Thanet has litter problems, you haven't visited a London Borough lately.

Anonymous said...

How nice to get an informed take on a litter story and see that the local cllr is involved in a simple preventative approach by talking to the language school concerned. Its mundane stuff Doc but thanks for getting involved in what could be a simple solution to the problem!

Linda said...

I have been on many promendes round Thanet during the summer, and would like to say that the bin shown is very much like the ones to be seen all over the island no just Westgate,a smelly overfilled mess, and when they can't get rubbish in bins they lay the rubbish beside or throw it somewhere near. Ramsgate Promenade by the ferry port is a particularly bad area for this, but I presume our beloved Councillors think that us mere mortals from Thanet wouldn't venture those sort of places! In fact the dirtiest promenade I have walked this year is Epple Bay, but that I must admit is because dog owners aren't picking up the mess!

DrMoores said...

Linda, it's up to you, to tell people like me where the problem is. Then I try and get it solved. I hope you'll concede that Thanet is much tidier than it was a year ago, now the rubbish disposal has been taken back in house. It's not perfect and never will be and I see sights that drive me potty, in my own ward, when people leave torn rubbish bags out in the street for the seagulls to scavenge from.

Dog mess is another issue. The beaches are an order of magnitude cleaner than before and yet dog owners still allow their dogs to foul them. From experience, the type of owner and the size of dog involved can be predictable too! Changing this kind of behaviour is only possible, I suspect through fines but then again, some of these dog owners will never pay the fines anyway and its a brave dog warden who challenges them!

DrMoores said...

As a footnote, I was out checking the seafront at St Mildred's before 8am this morning and I'm delighted to say that it was free of litter with the council workers moving towards Westbay. This is a huge improvement on previous years. Pity we can't remove grafitti at the same time!

Linda said...

Thanks for the reply. I would not agree that our household rubbish collections are in a better state than last year. We are in the position of not having wheelie bins and seeing that the Council run bin collection times seems to alter every week here, from 6.30 - 8.30 when I am mostly in Dreamland (there goes another TDC failure!but another scenario completely) I have to put my black sacks out the night before. These of course get ripped open by sea gulls and foxes causing us to pick up the rubbish and taking it in for next week. The dustmen dont pick up the rubbish that has been dropped or they drop, and I haven't seen a road sweeper in our area of Westwood for as long as I can remember ( and I haven't got dementia!)

DrMoores said...

Linda, this doesn't sound good and gives you a reason to approach your ward councillor and draw the problem to his attention. It's what having a councillor is for!
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

The "poorly researched story" in the gazette was actually a letter with picture from a Thanet resident, one of the people you speak for at council meetings and say you represent.

DrMoores said...

Whatever..! It was still misleading and was discussed at tonight's residents association meeting.. Happy now?

Anonymous said...

Is the resident who complained about it happy?