Soapbox Dawn Gee: Stop talking about mess in streets and start taking action
I WRITE regarding "Normanton street task force targets fly-tipping menace" (Derby Telegraph, March 14).
What a disgrace our city is and what a letdown the council has been.
Never a day goes by when I don't question how parts of our city have been allowed to deteriorate to such an unrecognisable state.
As one of the Normanton Empowerment Team volunteers, who carry out weekly walkabouts highlighting fly-tipping, and often those who are responsible, I think it disgraceful to see photographs of Councillor Dhindsa standing next to bags of rubbish on Clarence Road.
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He says: "We want to send the message out that we won't put up with it and any evidence people can give us about the culprits will be put into action."
How many times have we heard how action is going to be taken?
How many years have we been fighting at public forums for the council to take action?
How long do we have to listen to city councillors telling us they are taking action when it is clear and has been proven that they are not?
How many times do we have to hand the culprits to them on a plate for them to then ignore it?
It's about time offenders started taking pride in their area and respecting their neighbours, while the councillors should stop talking and start naming and shaming the people who are littering streets with mattresses, furniture and household waste.
If the Normanton Empowerment Team has given information detailing offenders to the council, how come the same people are still offending?
The people of Derby have had enough excuses.
No one should ever have to dread what faces them outside their homes.
We have invited Mr Dhindsa and his colleagues to live in our property free of charge to experience what other residents are having to put up with on a daily basis. Sadly, the councillors have not taken up our offer.
We wonder why.
I would appreciate seeing a picture of Mr Dhindsa in the Derby Telegraph far more if he was standing next to somebody prosecuted for fly-tipping.
Until then, I am tired of hearing false promises, so come on, stop talking about it and let's finally see some action.