Friday, March 29, 2013

Bromley - We Warned You!!!!

Not 12 months ago (May 5, 2012 to be precise!), this blog warned Bromley Council of the error of its ways.
Bromley council had employed a firm to act as private enforcement officers for the council. Our warning can be seen here.
They didn't heed our warning and proceeded to employ this firm. This has not gone down well with local people.
Graham Shepherd with his wife Lisbeth in their garden with some of the rubbish which has been thrown over their fence

The lady above received a fine for dropping a cigarette end. While this is an anti-social thing to do, she and her husband ask valid questions regarding the general approach of the council to litter.
My only surprise is that she provided her details. If she had walked away, XFor staff could have done nothing! As Graham puts it, litter regularly gets thrown over his fence into his garden and flytipping is also rife near his home in May Avenue, St Mary Cray. Mr Shepherd, 53, said: “Should I put a bill in to Bromley Council for picking up their mess?" I need not repeat the full arguments put forward as they can be read here.

Suffice it to say that XFor appears to have gone bust! This is no surprise. Do we really want our local authorities to employ enforcement firms, which can only survive if they hammer people with tickets? I would really like to know how many aggressive people with bull terriers received tickets for dog fouling as opposed to passive ladies, who dropped a cigarette end in the town centre?

I will email Cllr Colin Smith to see if he can advise us. Until then, will Bromley Council rethink its strategy? I wonder!



Friday, March 22, 2013

Agent SR Visits Croydon

Croydon is a borough in South London.
Agent SR has been about again and spotted the pile shown below.
What would we do without him?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Musings - Colin Bloom

Colin Bloom is known to both myself and my colleague, Stamp It Out.
While this blog focuses on a narrow area in the field of politics and society, Colin casts his eye around many more social issues. Colin has been good enough to highlight this blog in his latest post.
When you read what Colin has to say, I'm sure you'll agree with me that, whether you take Colin's perspective on a subject or not, he is a decent fellow, who wants to see a better world.
We're with you on that, Colin!
See Colin's blog here.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stamp It Out

I post this video in tribute to my fellow blogger, Stamp It Out. No more need be said.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Love Where You Live!

Larkfield is a quiet area in Kent. There is an alley by a school near a shopping area.
I am sure that our older readers will remember the game of hopscotch, played by schoolchildren. To a degree, it has been revived in the alley by the school as, effectively, that is what you have to play to avoid the many piles of dog faeces accumulated from end to end.
The entrance to the lane now has the above sign painted on it as a warning. As if this were not enough, bright orange bags have been placed along the sides as a further warning to all.
Personally, I cannot understand young people today. This is directly outside of a school field. In my day, we'd have had those bags away and they would have been scattered the length and breadth of the school!
Come on kids, where's your spirit? 

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Streets Of Gravesend

Gravesend is in North West Kent.
One of our South East Operatives, "SR" went there this week.
He won't be going back in a hurry!
Gravesend - Heaving!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Would You Let Your Dog Poop In Your House?

Well the Youth Arts Group For Croydon wouldn't!
I don't really know what to say about this video. It makes the point about dog fouling but I have to leave you to decide upon the artistic value.
Also, it in no way allows for the fact that it can be funny to trail dog excrement into a friend's house. I do it all the time!

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