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Busy day shows up city’s litter problem
HAVING decided to visit York to watch the flotilla of boats along the River Ouse and then to walk to the city centre for a meal, we were appalled to see all the overflowing litter bins.
Bottles, empty food containers and general rubbish had overflowed onto the pavements. This was then being spread around as pedestrians inadvertently kicked or trod on the items, causing further mess.
It is ridiculous that City of York Council has reduced the number of bins in and around the city centre, and then do not empty the remaining bins regularly enough.
On probably the busiest weekend of the year with the Ebor race meeting and the 800 River Flotilla taking place, the number of visitors to York were high, and the impression these visitors would have received is that our city council does not care enough to keep the city clean and tidy. Why did the council not arrange for bins to be emptied on Sunday morning? If it is to save money it would seem to be a false economy: if residents and visitors avoid the city centre because of the litter, the revenue they would generate will be lost to city-centre businesses.
Lynn Duggan, St Swithins Walk, Holgate , York.
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