Letters - October 1, 2015

The O2 store on Fargate, Sheffield, has been accused of adding to the city's litter problem by leaving piles of rubbish behind their shop on Exchange Gateway.''John White from nearby Cutlers' Hall said the vast majority of the waste seems to come from the  store. He confronted them two weeks ago, but the waste was not cleared until the council was alerted yesterday.''He said: 'This rubbish has been laying around for a few weeks now and in light of who is visiting the City very soon  you would think that this sort of  behaviour would be stamped on quickly.''''The other problem is that we also get people using the street as a public urinal and defecating in it. My concern is that I live on the street and the last thing I want to do is to attract vermin.'''It is made worse by homeless people who come along and rip open the bin bags, spreading the rubbish around.'''John Mailey from the O2 Press Office said: 'Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding between the waste company and landlord (who manages the collect
The O2 store on Fargate, Sheffield, has been accused of adding to the city's litter problem by leaving piles of rubbish behind their shop on Exchange Gateway.''John White from nearby Cutlers' Hall said the vast majority of the waste seems to come from the store. He confronted them two weeks ago, but the waste was not cleared until the council was alerted yesterday.''He said: 'This rubbish has been laying around for a few weeks now and in light of who is visiting the City very soon you would think that this sort of behaviour would be stamped on quickly.''''The other problem is that we also get people using the street as a public urinal and defecating in it. My concern is that I live on the street and the last thing I want to do is to attract vermin.'''It is made worse by homeless people who come along and rip open the bin bags, spreading the rubbish around.'''John Mailey from the O2 Press Office said: 'Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding between the waste company and landlord (who manages the collect
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RUBBISH

You don’t see the wind dropping litter

The report ‘Mess is wind and gulls fault’ (Gazette, September 29) goes to show that being an environmental services boss means you must possess the ultimate knowledge to blame wind and seagulls, when the rest of us know that initially it’s the general public who cause the mess.

RUBBISH

You don’t see the wind dropping litter

The report ‘Mess is wind and gulls fault’ (Gazette, September 29) goes to show that being an environmental services boss means you must possess the ultimate knowledge to blame wind and seagulls, when the rest of us know that initially it’s the general public who cause the mess.

We never see little whirls of wind whizzing round a takeaway or supermarket with a sole aim of churning up litter to throw out on the streets, or a seagull throwing down its pizza box after devouring a whole one.

Granted, fly-tipping by the public is a problem all councils have, but don’t blame the wind when the litter is already there to start with, and if it wasn’t thoughtlessly and carelessly thrown onto the streets it wouldn’t be blowing around.

If rubbish bags were placed in wheelie bins and not out on the street, then seagulls wouldn’t be able to get at them and if visitors didn’t feed them on the promenade they’d be less likely to make their home here.

Then again, the same happens on fish’n’chip routes of Whitby, Brixham, Scarborough and the like, and when seagulls are wanting to feed their young, they know there are scraps in black bin bags and don’t care about the mess they leave behind... very much like us really!

So, don’t blame gulls and the wind boss! It’s us!

Clifford Chambers

AshtonRoad

Blackpool

POLITICS

Where’s the clear voice on expenses?

I have recently received my Autumn 2015 Wyre Voice council community magazine.

Although it does contain details of the 50 councillors including their contact details and the political party they represent it does not contain the annual expenses they receive.

Back in 2009, when the MP expenses scandal hit the headlines, once the dust settled the British public was promised transparency regarding future MPs expenses.

I seem to remember, back in 2009, councillors’ expenses were, in fact, printed then it suddenly just stopped. I recently questioned a representative from Wyre council and asked her why councillors’ expenses are no longer printed in Wyre Voice, and has not been the case for a number of years, despite promises of transparency from central government.

I was politely told by the council representative, that the information regarding expenses could be found on the Council website. Unfortunately, not everybody knows how to use a computer, let alone own one.

So much for transparency for all.

Barry Carr

Rossall Gate

Rossall

Fleetwood

SPORT

A game for ruffians, played by gents

Have you ever dreamed of watching a football match where all the players give 100 per cent and no one rolls around the floor in a death agony when no one has been near them?

A game where tough men lose it and punches are thrown, and when that happens, the ref pulls them to one side and suggests they grow up?

A game where the ref’s word is law, and if there is a cynical foul, the yellow card removes the culprit for 10 minutes to cool off, therefore not reducing his team for the whole game, so the paying public get a balanced game .

And there is never the sight of managers racing up and down abusing officials when one of their little loves is cautioned?

And finally, a game where most of its players couldn’t wipe out the national debt with a month’s wages ?

If that is the sort of game you would like to see, it’s still football, but rugby football, and at the moment the Rugby World Cup is on ITV.

So far, it’s been great, don’t miss it!

Allan Fazackerley

via email

ENVIRONMENT

Packaging makes recycling difficult

Once again the call goes out, “we must recycle more”, but why isn’t this call heeded at the manufacturing point?

Why do we have to have vegetables pre-packed with useless packaging?

I would love to get my milk from a milkman who uses bottles. I hate the plastic ones we have to put up with.

Why these plastic bottles haven’t been made bio-degradable I’ll never know.

Biscuits seem to have more packaging than biscuits, we have blister packs for razors, blister packs for blades, white goods are encased in polystyrene – what did we use before?

Just cardboard which you could tear up and burn on your fire. Now the fireplaces have gone, the build-up of material that could be burnt is getting worse every day.

Before someone picks up on this, I do miss the open fire and, if I had one, all combustible material would be put on it.

I’m sure if manufacturers put their own house in order, things would get better, instead of putting the onus on the consumer.

I do believe in the concept of recycling, but if I’m asked to wash out opened tins of soup, caviar and such, this is where I step back and say “Oi! Environmentalist, no, I will not wash out tins”. The only thing I recycle at the moment are bikes.

The Green Giant

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