Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Rise of the Wheelie Bin II

I see that Swale Borough Council intends to fine its residents up to £110 for leaving their wheelie bin out on the pavement for longer than they should.

It has, I read, identified "a number of bad bin hotspots" and this action is intended to clear the mean streets of Swale.

The fact that many residents have to commute to work, leaving early in the morning and not returning until early or mid evening, seems to have been left out of this equation.  Catching an early train probably means you'll leave your bin out the night before, and if you're not around to wheel it back in again, it hardly seems fair to come home to a £110 fine.

Still, it's another source of revenue for cash-strapped local authorities, still reeling from the Government's paltry funding settlement and threat of council-tax capping.

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