Dereliction of civic duty over fly-tipping problem
It’s what happens when you have a one track mind, and that, it is becoming increasingly evident, is what we have here in our town. I’m sure that everyone recognises the fact that every town must run to a certain extent as a business but it should be remembered that, these days, responsible businessmen have a care for the environment in which they operate.
Ashford borough may have its fair share of pretty villages and, despite its long history, an office which apparently displays a touch of the nouveau riche influence but the town presents a pretty shabby picture.
A gentleman who deserves much credit for pointing this out is Mr Ted Prangnell who, in last week’s KE, revealed the extent of this disgrace.
The council’s response to flytipping is the typical jobsworth response of ‘It’s not our problem’.
This is balderdash. It is the council’s job to keep the place clean and tidy, not just for the sake of appearances but also for the sake of public health.
When they, having cleaned up as they should, can identify those responsible, they should either prosecute or levy an appropriate charge.
Just to shrug their corporate shoulders and say the responsibility lies elsewhere is a clear dereliction of their civic duty, as is the closure of public lavatories on the grounds of vandalism.
By failing to act responsibly in both these matters, the council reveals itself as colluding in the very vandalism of which it complains.
Just lately, I’m finding it increasingly evident that I am becoming (or maybe have actually become) a nonperson.
It began with my rejection of the totally unnecessary and irritating portable telephone culture.
More and more often I find that, without ‘texting’ or ‘tweeting’ I am unable to gain access to a great number of companies, including charities; Their loss, I tell myself.
Seduced by the advertising blandishments of a bank that promised fiscal heaven on earth, Mrs B and l visited the local branch.
They wouldn’t allow the same overdraft facility as our existing bank and refused to take over our mortgage on the grounds that I am too old.
You are only a real person when some remote computer recognises your existence.
‘You are only a real person when some computer recognises your existence’