12-MONTH trial to tackle littering, dog fouling and flytipping starts (‘Crackdown on those who blight borough’, December 7)
Anne Singleton: About time! It makes me so angry to see people dropping litter when there are plenty of litter bins around
Simon Topps: I’m not a smoker but they seem to be targeting smokers instead of anyone else dropping litter in general.
Stuart Crosfield: Private enforcement company mmm, more fines more profits. Why can’t the council do it in house? As has been said, provide the services we are paying a fortune for and much of the fly tipping will disappear.
Becky Louise Niemeyer: Get to Waterfoot, it’s horrendous for dog mess round there. I’m fed up of it!
Janet Golden: I agree with fining but the council are making it more and more difficult for us to dispose of our rubbish at the local tip and they charge a fortune to collect items such as fridges etc. No wonder people are chancing their luck fly tipping!
Danielle Harrison: If they don’t want people dropping cigarettes on the street they are going to have to use the money to put metal ashtrays on posts, as they will be kicking off when the bin’s set on fire!
COUNCIL leader Alyson Barnes set out ambitious new plans to boost the Valley economy under a new economic development strategy. (‘£750m investment target’, December 14)
Wendy Ann: Alyson [Barnes] your quote “by working with our local residents to take advantage of our best preserved cotton town,” is rather out of date. The title of the best preserved cotton town was coined in 1981 by Ian Goldthorpe, Rossendale Borough Council’s Planning Officer who was at the time designating the Conservation Area and at a time when we still had several mills in Bacup. How many mills in Bacup has RBC allowed to be demolished since you have been leader of the Council? Forest Mill and Irwell Mills to name two were two of the oldest in Bacup. We may have a nice new town centre layout, but it is blighted by the old Regal building and Woolworths. If that is what you call preservation I fear for the future of Bacup.
Rob Wells: Worrying. The mismanagement of the empty homes scheme with over a £5 million loss and counting and no progress or updates on the bus station are not signs that give any confidence to them running more projects involving public monies.
Andrew Cahill: Won’t work without more roads in and out of the valley, they can’t handle the strain of what’s already here let alone any more. No business is going to want to open past Rawtenstall due to this. Despite the cultural regen in Bacup it’s a lost cause without better transport links.
It hasn’t got any better in over 20 years.