I just reported the issue with dumping rubbish on the footpath in the street that runs along the back of the Watson shops for the 3rd time. First time I sent a report through the Fix My Street service was early July last year. Then sent a follow up with these pictures at the end of August. The footpath was finally cleared soon after and I actually noticed some improvement in the rubbish situation. While before the dozen or so bins that are permanently there seemed to be there merely for decoration, they were actually put at the kerb and emptied regularly for a few months. Some rubbish appeared after a while, but it was fairly minor. Until someone dumped a couch on the footpath a couple of weeks ago which apparently was the sign for all the ferals to bring out their dead. In this case, TVs. I counted SEVEN of them this morning. Plus two couches, a chair and some smaller stuff. Why TVs are being thrown out en masse will remain a mystery.
In my recent report to TAMS I asked if they could please try to implement a strategy to prevent this kind of dumping in the future because it creates a feeling of unsafety in the neighbourhood and it definitely fosters resentment from the other residents against the public housing tenants who seem to have been given the message that this is perfectly acceptable way to dispose of their rubbish.
And while I wouldn’t have a problem with there being a free service for pensioners or low-income families to help them with rubbish removal, I hope they get fined heavily for this feral behaviour. (And I am pretty sure there is currently a trial to offer free bulky goods pick-up for pensioners?)