Why is litter such a problem here?

Deborah Gray beat me to it with her letter (February 17) about the dreadful problem of litter covering our pavements and filling the gutters.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 7:51 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:52 am
Hastings Observer letters

Sadly, I can report that problem in Ore is fully mirrored in all the residential roads in St Leonards between Warrior Square right up to Dane Road.

She is correct that there is a disappointing lack of pride by householders. How often do you see anyone pick up rubbish from outside their house or flat?

Thoughtless householders who don’t have proper bins leave rubbish out overnight in plastic bags which are then an easy target for foxes and seagulls.

The remnants are then left scattered.

I haven’t seen any street cleaners around for many months.

Presumably they are too busy in the town centre, but we ALL deserve clean streets.

As a start, it would be good to see a litter bin next to every bus stop and far more bins positioned in places where litter is regularly dropped.

Also it is essential to employ more proper street cleaners. The pavement cleaning machines are useless for picking up litter between parked cars.

There is no alternative to a human doing this.

A final thought - Bexhill, Eastbourne, Battle and Rye all have much more tidy streets. Why is the situation so bad here?

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