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Outside my gate lies an empty paper cup from Wild Bean cafe. Unlike my friend Quentin Brodie-Cooper I’ve left it there for all to see until such time as the SHBC litter-pickers come and take it away, together with all of the other garbage that litters my road. Quentin, of Zilch, would have picked it up. When canvassing prior to the recent Surrey County Council Election I met a Mr B in Frimley -he makes it a habit to collect two items of litter from Frimley High Street every day. If Mr B of Frimley can collect 700 items in a year, it beggars belief how many items are thrown onto the Frimley High Street pavements in a year! What sort of people are we living amongst? Would they tolerate this in Singapore? I don’t think so!
On Saturday morning last I found on my lawn the wrapping of a Sainsbury’s Roast Chicken -presumably someone had eaten it whilst walking home from Camberley and could not be bothered taking the litter home. Nice!
On Sunday morning there was the cover of a MacDonalds Wrap on my lawn. Nice!
This is not new – this has been going on for generations- I’ve lived in the same house for over 30 years! On the assumption that the perpetrators in 1980 were the young revellers coming home from a night out, they are probably now in their fifties. Are their children and grand children still throwing litter in the streets.
What is the cost of cleaning the streets of Surrey Heath. The Council do a good job in the areas where litter is cleared – but what about the areas that are not cleared? I know that some worthy volunteers regularly clean up Barossa Common -but why should they have to?
I hope and believe that the time has come for ‘Zero Tolerance’ (to use the expression of our newly elected PCC). If we can encourage litterers to respect the rest of the community who have to live in the mess that they create then we may be taking the first step to encourage respect in other walks of life.