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Guilty! But really...
AFTER leaving work one afternoon, I walked along the riverbank towards the city centre. I was smoking a cigarette. Nine times out of ten I would have used the bin at the bottom of Lendal steps, but on this occasion I flicked the butt on to the ground just past the City of York Rowing Club.
I was immediately apprehended by the council employees who issued me with an on-the-spot fine of £75; £50 if paid within ten days.
While I admit I committed an offence, I do feel the punishment is out of all proportion. Perhaps a warning or even a fixed fine in the region of £25 might have been more appropriate.
I feel there are far serious issues of antisocial behaviour that need addressing. The imminent arrival of a new intake of students is only going to exacerbate the problems.
As a resident of the city centre, I walk to work in the early hours, to be confronted by upturned wheelie bins, black bin bags with their contents strewn across roads and pavements and all manner of fast-food and human detritus in the streets. Where are you then, you litter bug council enforcers?
Coupled with the seemingly untouchable drug and alcohol abusers, the cyclists with immunity from the rules of the road and the general attitude of youth culture (not all of them) this city is becoming less pleasant.
Yes, I will pay my fine and I do not intend to re-offend, but come on City of York Council , at least try to tackle the greater problem.
Simon Wallace, Bollans Court, Goodramgate, York.