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Overflowing bins put us in bad light
THIS is one of the many fewer litter bins now located in town (in this case, near the fountain) which was rammed full and overflowing on the afternoon of September 12.
How can we teach children not to litter and expect our visitors to be impressed if this is the status quo? Doorways and snickets are without exception a disgrace.
Whenever we travel to Europe, we are struck by the cleanliness, without exception. Recently a TV programme featured a Cardiff cleaning team who sluice down the city’s streets every morning with power-hoses.
Come on City of York Council – no good winning tourist visitor-type awards and promoting Leeds-Bradford Airport if this is what people come to. Spend the money in the right place and word of mouth will bring visitors; continue like this and it will do the opposite.
Dorothy Nicholson, Grange Garth, York.
• IN RESPONSE to the letter of September 10, headlined “Disgusting state”, as part of the Smarter York initiative, City of York Council has been improving standards of street cleanliness by investing in new technology.
Following trials, we now have a mechanical sweeper which brushes and vacuums up debris and we’ve invested in a scrubber washer to remove stains from pavements – even when they’re busy.
Meanwhile, our solar-powered compactor bins have led to much greater capacity for rubbish in the city centre.
Thank you to those who use bins or take their waste home: responsible litter disposal adds enormously to the quality of the streets we work hard to keep clean.
Russell Stone, Head of public realm, City of York Council.
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