After being inundated by complaints and bad publicity about the filthy state of the city, Labour have finally done a U-turn and axed their cuts to the Street Cleansing budget.
They apparently never realised that charging for green waste and large bulky items would lead to some people dumping these things on the streets (what planet were they on?) – even though the opposition Councillors told them endlessly that flying tipping would be bound to rise once charges were introduced.
They also argued that once people had wheelie bins – the streets would be cleaner because there would be no black bags to rip open. That was hopelessly naive too! Because as these pictures from two different parts of Harborne (which has had wheelie bins for over a year now) show only too clearly – just because people have wheelie bins doesn’t mean some people don’t still dump black bags on the streets (even though we all know it’s not allowed).
It’s about time Labour buckled down and started working out ways to deal with the city as it is, not in the dream world they’d like it to be – where everyone composts and takes their unwanted goods to recycling projects. Of course we all know that is ideal. Of course we know that some people already do it, and that more people can be persuaded to. But Labour need to realise that some people will not – ever – and they must have the resources in place to deal this situation, otherwise the rest of us – the law abiding majority – suffer because the place looks a tip. (Those who dumped it in the first place presumably don’t care if it does.)
So as well as keeping street cleaning at acceptable levels, the Labour Council needs to do more bag searches to catch fly tippers. But they also need to accept that there isn’t going to be any evidence of who left out a dumped bag of green waste, and therefore fining someone is more or less impossible (unless you actually catch them in the act which isn’t very likely) so they also need to scrap their hated garden tax if they want to make our city clean again.