We have posted many articles here about this, check them out…
And these posters carry a threat — we could actually be fined if we do not put rubbish out on proper days, and if we do not keep everything neat and tidy!
The responsibility is ours — not the city council’s! What do we pay council tax for?
There is always a let out clause with the council rubbish uplift — it’s called Health and Safety. If there are rats, they can refuse to uplift. What then? According to an article in Glasgow’s Evening Times:
“Patrick McManus, 34, an architectural technician who lives in a nearby block in Calder Street, said:
‘It’s starting to look like Paddy’s Market.
‘There are rats everywhere and notices up in the back court warning people about them. It’s a health risk. I’m just sick of it. I’m trying to sell my house and am paying my council tax, so why can’t they sort it out?'”(Evening Times 30 July 2007)
Glasgow City Council even has a web page dedicated to the rat problem:
There is also a 24 hour telephone number: 0141 287 9700 and select option 3.
“Do not expect instant results. Rats are naturally wary of new food sources and it may be some time before they are comfortable eating the bait. Once they start to feed on the bait it can take between 3 to 10 days for the poison to be effective. You must make sure that children and pets never get access to any rat poison”
The British pest Control Association can provide a list of exterminators on-line — it’s very short and simple form:
The BBC warned about rats back in 2002 when all this rubbish on the streets began — see:
By the way, rubbish, vermin, filth and litter is not a local problem, it is countrywide one:
This BBC TV program shows that even though people are paying council tax, they are having to resort to picking up litter themselves.
Amazingly, this approach is actually a formal and official procedure in Glasgow! As part of the “Clean Glasgow” Campaign, volunteers are encouraged to collect litter in their spare time — and for no pay!
The”Clean Glasgow”campaign is costing an estimated £4 000 000 this year. In my opinion, four million pounds is a lot of money to supply bin bags for volunteers, rat poison, rat helpline and some posters. The Evening Times naming and shaming campaign printed lists in blocks of 500 — that means each list represents a block of income of on-the-spot fines of £50. So one list would bring in 25 grand!
The council are making mugs of us. If you drop a cigarette butt, you are fined £50 on top of your council tax. Meantime, the putting the rubbish out front policy is leading to health and safety issues, which in turn means that rubbish cannot be uplifted until somebody calls the 24 hours rat helpline, the poison takes effect and then perhaps the volunteers can arrive to do the work (bin bags supplied, of course).
The only way out of this is to have the city council change policy back to placing rubbish in lanes and away from the pavements. That would encourage people to refrain from dropping litter, and make everywhere better and cleaner. Admittedly, the problem will have shifted round the back — but is it not better to have the rats there instead of where we all walk?
More rubbish bins and better collections would be good too — and could be paid for from the vast profits of the on-the-spot fines.
It is adding insult to injury to ask volunteers to pick up rubbish and remove piles of fly-tipped goods. At the very least this should be a punishment meted out to people with ASBOs — perhaps a form of community service?
Things are getting worse, when we put up with this scam, and when we allow councils to shirk the community responsibility tat is the reason for their very existence!