Vince Parker has for the last year or so been waging a one man anti-litter campaign to get the dirty parts of Peterborough (most of it) cleaned up. Almost on a daily basis he simply takes photographs with his camera phone and sends the evidence to a variety of councillors, and those who hold multi-million pound contracts to clean this City.
Its not suggested that residents physically pick up litter discarded by others - simply you don't know if used infected needles or other 'sharps' are inside - but if you can add to the piles of photographic evidence, and just ensure that you give a precise location, and time any picture was taken.
Clearly Vincent could do with some help from other areas of the City, so if you see litterbins overflowing or Amey vehicles allegedly parked up for a crafty unscheduled tea break, take a picture and send it in. And for the several readers who are asking for Enterprise to be given the contract back - Amey now own the Enterprise Group.
We suggest you send your pictures directly to firstname.lastname@example.org who is the Chief Executive Officer of Peterborough City Council, in order that she can legally record your submission before it is passed on to individual councillors and contractors. Some councillors have yet to work out how the internet operates and others simply don't bother to read their own e-mails. Follow up your submissiion with a telephone call just to ensure that its not been lost or overlooked. Let the PBROTRIB know how you get on..
The new eye-wateringly expensive American sourced i-phone app. recently introduced by the cash-strapped council, just for this sort of thing is also another channel to be used but we've had several reports 'of teething troubles' with the app. So use it for novelty value but don't expect any practical results just a lot of extra "your message is important to us" push notices clogging up your phone... We would also suggest reporting the rubbish on www.fixmystreet.com
Date: 22/07/2014 22:13:13
To: Anne Nicole@Amey
Cc: Richard Ferris; Lisa Forbes; email@example.com; Cllr Elsey Gavin; Martin Rachel; Hudson Dominic; Ricky Fuller; Jackson Chris; Cllr.Shearman; Martin Raper; EntPeterborough Members
Subject: RE: Litter
Many thanks for outlining the measures taken by Amey to tackle litter at Lincoln Road/Burghley Road corner and on Burghley Square.
Lincoln Road/Burghley Road corner:
It is bizarre that litter-bins in Peterborough should be locked to prevent litter from being put into them ---
There are no wild animals scavenging for food here, which is the only reasonable explanation that I have ever heard for securing down waste-bin lids.
Peterborough City Council collect money from the people who live in this city, to keep the streets clean and to collect and dispose of litter and rubbish. If 'passers-by' have litter to deposit and seek out a bin for that purpose, it would seem appropriate that bins of suitable size and number are deployed to accommodate this, and also that such bins are emptied before they overflow.
If this is not done, then the rubbish finishes up littering the pavement and roadside, the situation which we presently experience !
Please note that this particular location is on a major thoroughfare, which sees considerable pedestrian traffic every day of the week, and at all hours !
The issue here is not how often workmen are sent to clean up Burghley Square, but the fact that this is not being done to any degree of satisfaction.
After the weekly 'clean-up' has been carried out there is usually at least as much litter left behind as has been taken away .
The reasons for this would seem to be that :-
1/ The workers are operating without supervision and are thus free to do whatever they want.
2/ They have no incentive to do a thorough job.
3/ They have no responsibility for the cleanliness of this (or any other) area.
4/ The area is neither checked before or after this weekly 'clean-up' is performed.
5/ There are no litter bins here, where they are evidently needed.
Please note that this 'grassy area' is in regular use, days and evenings, hence the volume of litter !
The above considerations apply not just to Burghley Square, but to many other locations throughout the City.
I trust that you and your colleagues will have the opportunity to further discuss these matters, with a view to implementing improvements.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
From: EntPeterborough Members
Date: 22/07/2014 15:48:25
Cc: Richard Ferris; Lisa Forbes; firstname.lastname@example.org; Cllr Elsey; Martin, Rachel; email@example.com; Ricky Fuller; Jackson, Chris
Subject: RE: Burghley Square : Litter -- 16th July
Dear Mr Parker
Thank you for your e-mails on the subject of litter in Burghley Square and the refuse and recycling bins on the corner of Burghley Road and Lincoln Road.
Burghley Square is litter picked every Friday and an additional cleanse was carried out last Thursday.
Thank you for highlighting the issues on the corner of Burghley Road and Lincoln Road.
Your concerns have prompted some helpful dialogue between the letting agents – who have responsibility for the properties – Council enforcement colleagues and ourselves. As a result, the letting agents will be installing locks on these bins to prevent passers-by from contaminating the bins in the future. Amey are arranging to empty the bins to provide clean bins going forward.
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