Radio presenter plea: stop littering Colchester estate

Radio presenter plea: stop littering Colchester estate

Radio presenter plea: stop littering Colchester estate

First published in News

A RADIO presenter has pleaded with people not to drop litter on an Army estate.

Liz Mullen, host and producer for BFBS Colchester, said she collected up a pile of discarded drinks cans in a twominute walk to the studio door, in Homefield Road, Colchester.

She said: “Please, people, how can we stop these litter vandals on St Michael’s estate?

“I would have put them in my recycling glass and cans tub this morning, but that ‘disappeared’ last week.

“So I’ll have to take them to the Shrub End recycling centre.

“Like many members of my BFBS Colchester audience, I live here – and I love it. Except that, having lived in many other parts of Colchester, I can assure you I’ve never encountered anything this bad.

“The place is a disgrace – and it’s down to a minority of idiots. In particular those who buy a well-known energy drink in blue cans – but don’t get enough energy from them to stagger to a litter bin, let alone a recycling tub."

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10:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

The old see dog says...

Look around the bus stop in Baronswood Way, beer bottles left there nearly every day plus litter in the shelter
Look around the bus stop in Baronswood Way, beer bottles left there nearly every day plus litter in the shelter The old see dog
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9:36am Tue 2 Sep 14

Madcowmac says...

Estate has been going downhill for years
Estate has been going downhill for years Madcowmac
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9:52am Tue 2 Sep 14

sam vines says...

Madcowmac wrote:
Estate has been going downhill for years
That's what happens when you mix military estates the personal pride of the service families get trampled on by the it's not my problem tenants.
[quote][p][bold]Madcowmac[/bold] wrote: Estate has been going downhill for years[/p][/quote]That's what happens when you mix military estates the personal pride of the service families get trampled on by the it's not my problem tenants. sam vines
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10:25am Tue 2 Sep 14

Taz_1969 says...

Around the bus shelter is disgusting, and I get totally fed up of being one of the only dog owners who cleans up after my dog, has her on a lead at all times and does not allow excessive barking all times of the day and night.... it's more like UN social housing!!
Around the bus shelter is disgusting, and I get totally fed up of being one of the only dog owners who cleans up after my dog, has her on a lead at all times and does not allow excessive barking all times of the day and night.... it's more like UN social housing!! Taz_1969
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2:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Unfortunately a minority will always dump rubbish. The council does its best to remove it with sweeper vehicles but local residents can play their part by picking up rubbish in their area.
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Residents clearing rubbish and planting up troughs makes the neighbourhood more attractive and improves house prices. You cannot change the world but surely you can improve your street.
Unfortunately a minority will always dump rubbish. The council does its best to remove it with sweeper vehicles but local residents can play their part by picking up rubbish in their area. . Residents clearing rubbish and planting up troughs makes the neighbourhood more attractive and improves house prices. You cannot change the world but surely you can improve your street. Hamiltonandy
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1:53am Mon 8 Sep 14

zerowasteisthewaytogo says...

I agree that if you decide to make your area look better it will feel better.

It doesn't help to step over rubbish just because it is someone else's.

If you can't bend down you can find a grabber at a pound shop.

Why not get a group together and go for a walk picking up litter. See if you can get the Council on board. Have yourselves a Great Litter Pick.
http://www.keepbrita
intidy.org/home/481
I agree that if you decide to make your area look better it will feel better. It doesn't help to step over rubbish just because it is someone else's. If you can't bend down you can find a grabber at a pound shop. Why not get a group together and go for a walk picking up litter. See if you can get the Council on board. Have yourselves a Great Litter Pick. http://www.keepbrita intidy.org/home/481 zerowasteisthewaytogo
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10:03pm Mon 8 Sep 14

Hamiltonandy says...

I agree with "zerowaste" but unfortunately most people feel no public obligation to tidy up their area. They will spend huge sums improving their properties but have a blind spot for anything outside their drive. Apparently everything is the responsibility of the council who are expected to clear the rubbish daily. All you can do is lead by example by clearing a specific area regularly but, from experience, attitudes do not change.
I agree with "zerowaste" but unfortunately most people feel no public obligation to tidy up their area. They will spend huge sums improving their properties but have a blind spot for anything outside their drive. Apparently everything is the responsibility of the council who are expected to clear the rubbish daily. All you can do is lead by example by clearing a specific area regularly but, from experience, attitudes do not change. Hamiltonandy
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10:21pm Mon 8 Sep 14

The old see dog says...

sam vines wrote:
Madcowmac wrote:
Estate has been going downhill for years
That's what happens when you mix military estates the personal pride of the service families get trampled on by the it's not my problem tenants.
So, what are you trying to say, that civilian families should not be allowed to live there? A bit of discrimination there! There are good and bad both sides of the fence.

Does that also mean that civilian's should complain if service personal move into houses on private estates?

Another thing is, the council does not care about this estate because as they told me "We have not adopted that estate" so that means it is down to the military to sort things out.

But hay, there are 30 new private homes being built at the moment, and I would think many more to come, plenty of open space to be filled.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Madcowmac[/bold] wrote: Estate has been going downhill for years[/p][/quote]That's what happens when you mix military estates the personal pride of the service families get trampled on by the it's not my problem tenants.[/p][/quote]So, what are you trying to say, that civilian families should not be allowed to live there? A bit of discrimination there! There are good and bad both sides of the fence. Does that also mean that civilian's should complain if service personal move into houses on private estates? Another thing is, the council does not care about this estate because as they told me "We have not adopted that estate" so that means it is down to the military to sort things out. But hay, there are 30 new private homes being built at the moment, and I would think many more to come, plenty of open space to be filled. The old see dog
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12:07am Thu 11 Sep 14

zerowasteisthewaytogo says...

Yes you can get people with a "My home is my castle and the rest of the world is my rubbish tip" mentality and somehow it needs to be challenged.

You have to find a way of getting to the point where the antisocial crowd become the minority. You can only do that by the majority deciding that they do not want their estate to be trashed by the minority probably by both speaking up and more importantly not just stepping over other people's waste and pretending it isn't there but by complaining about it and clearing it or getting it cleared as quickly as possible so that people can once again realise and appreciate how nice it can be.
Yes you can get people with a "My home is my castle and the rest of the world is my rubbish tip" mentality and somehow it needs to be challenged. You have to find a way of getting to the point where the antisocial crowd become the minority. You can only do that by the majority deciding that they do not want their estate to be trashed by the minority probably by both speaking up and more importantly not just stepping over other people's waste and pretending it isn't there but by complaining about it and clearing it or getting it cleared as quickly as possible so that people can once again realise and appreciate how nice it can be. zerowasteisthewaytogo
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