|Zero Tolerance. But what does that really mean?|
In theory, this should mean clean streets, but in practice it doesn't seem to.
In fact, the lamp posts with the "zero tolerance" signs seem to be a favourite gathering place for litter, a special gift for the law enforcers who obviously aren't there.
So, does our Council actually fine anyone for street littering in The Bush?
This was the question I asked a policeman at a recent community meeting. - Had he had ever actually booked anyone for littering? Yes, he said, the police do this regularly.
I personally have never seen anyone actually get a ticket in my local neighbourhood. Parking offences? Sure - the Council's agents are everywhere, issuing tickets, prowling for violations - real and imagined.
Litter is everywhere; I clean it up from the street in front of my house almost every day, as do many of my neighbours. Even the nightclub at the end of the street pays a member of staff to clean up the street outside their door. And of course the Council comes by every morning to sweep up the debris that accumulates.
|Glendale, Ca. Photo: Wikipedia|
The system in The Bush does not work. Our streets are not clean, despite the Council's best efforts. They are filthy. Litterbugs do not live in fear of £80 fines, if indeed they are ever levied. What is to be done? Maybe we need to be more like Glendale, with bigger fines - ones which are actually enforced.