No response to litter letter

PUBLISHED: 01:01 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

Perhaps I am somewhat neurotic about litter while, in spite of its pleas to the contrary, the council could hardly care less. Lorries and vans carry the motto 'Be Bothered and Bin It,' but that message seems not to have reached its workers. My November

Perhaps I am somewhat neurotic about litter while, in spite of its pleas to the contrary, the council could hardly care less. Lorries and vans carry the motto 'Be Bothered and Bin It,' but that message seems not to have reached its workers. My November 29 letter to East Devon District Council's head of Street Scene (complaining about litter not being cleaned up from St John's recreational fields), like others before it, not even warranted acknowledgement. On the other hand, the relevant department may possibly have instigated a partial clear-up of the St John's Road embankment.Perhaps certain managers consider themselves above reproach. Perhaps they do not see themselves as public servants whose salaries are indirectly financed by all council tax payers - themselves included. Council tax demands will increase year-on-year, as sure as night follows day, yet we invariably witness employees left to their own devices and working within their own particular comfort zones. This must surely irritate other people, especially those who have already completed their working lives, to find themselves increasingly stretched by, in part, avoidable escalating costs. I'll bet local businesses, contributing even more significantly to the council purse, wish they had the luxury of operating in such a way! If the council's departmental heads couldn't care less, why should their charges?C G Burrett,Eversley, 6 Humphries Park, Exmouth


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