You agree -it’s just rubbish... everywhere

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 August 2012

Graffiti North street

Graffiti North street

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CASH fines for bin bag offenders could help curb Weston’s rubbish problem, one resident says, as readers continue to share pictures highlighting the town’s rubbish and vandalism issues.

The Mercury reported last week how rubbish, graffiti and vandalism has blighted Weston, leaving bags of waste rotting in the streets, shop windows smashed and graffiti scrawled across important town buildings.

Readers have continued to come to the Mercury with photographs and experiences of the problem this week.

Laura Cooper said: “Upper Church Road is always, always full of rubbish coming from one property or another.

“I blame the council contractor’s insistence upon grey bags where no wheelie bins can be used - if they deigned to take ordinary black bags I honestly don’t think there would be such a problem.”

Patricia Edwards, of Griffen Road, said: “I recently purchased a new mattress. On telephoning the council, I was told it would cost me £65 (to dispose of it).

“Luckily I did not have to resort to fly tipping as my son-in-law was able to take it to the council recycling centre.

“Yet another reason to condemn our council for its incompetence.”

Palmer Row resident Brian Sheldrake sent in a picture of rubbish in Hopkins Street which should have been collected on Friday but was missed by North Somerset Council’s contractors and was left to rot in the street until Monday.

But the dustmen still missed the recycling rubbish on Monday afternoon even when they took the landfill bags, he said.

Some of the blame for rubbish has to land at residents’ feet, he believes, adding: “There are some people who, as soon as they have some rubbish, put it out, and some that put it out two days before.”

He said the council could look into whether introducing fines such as a £30 penalty for bin bag offenders might work.

He added: “I don’t know if that’s the answer, but the council needs to find out if it works in other places which have brought it in.”

James Gilmore said via the Mercury’s Facebook page: “It’s the quality of the residents in Weston that is the issue. Down and outs, freeloaders, druggies and alcoholics.

“We have too many housing estates, too much ‘affordable’ housing, too much council housing, too many rehab centres, too many pound shops, too many charity shops, cheap tacky tourist shops, overpriced parking, not enough parking, poor road structures, poor quality roads - I could go on and on.”

n What do you think of the rubbish and graffiti issues? Send your views and pictures to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk or upload them via weston.iwitness24.co.uk


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