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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your quote “by work­ing with our lo­cal res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of our best pre­served cot­ton town,” is rather out of date.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.

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