Sunday, March 30, 2008

Revenge?

a Fixed Penalty NoticeDiscarding a cigarette butt in the street can now get you an £80 fine for littering, so proclaims one of the huge illuminated advertising installations on a lamppost in our High Street.

One of our eagle eyed members reports: Observed in Westminster Gardens, Barkingside at 1720 hours on Thursday 20 March 2008. One Traffic Warden having a quick 'puff' behind Jennings Bookmakers - finished puffing - tossed the dog end in a puddle in the service road and proceeded to walk into Westminster Gardens where he placed a ticket on a small metallic green and unsuspecting vehicle.

I have withheld the description of the individual concerned but I suspect it will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

16 comments:

  1. Revenge? Nah, that'll be justice! what goes around comes around....

    ReplyDelete
  2. I guess that someone in 'authority' reads the B21 blog and that given the evidence provided should be able to identify the culprit.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Now that's what I mean by neighbourhood watch!

    But let's not forget the poor smoker has little choice as to where to stub out a cigarette. Unlike Ilford, none of the litter bins in Barkingside High Street has an ashtray on top. If you throw a lit cigarette into the bin, the contents are likely to catch fire.

    The council should provide ashtrays on litter bins before a single fixed penalty notice is issued.

    We need gum stickers in Barkingside High Street too. The mess caused by chewing gum is far worse than the occasional cigarette butt.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Smoking cigarettes and chewing gum are two activities that should be confined to consenting adults in private. Both should be taxed tgo the hilt - £2 on a small pack of gum and £5 on a packet of fags.

    ReplyDelete
  5. There is ALREADY £5 on a packet of cigarettes!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Another £5 then!

    ReplyDelete
  7. A High Tax, Nanny State, Conservative! Hmmmm?

    ReplyDelete
  8. Well I suppose it would be complete anathema for any member of the Green Party to pollute the atmosphere with tobacco smoke, so, a tax easily avoided.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ha, ha, now we now how to annoy weggis.
    And I could put more than half a penny bet on what his response to me is going to be!
    annesevant

    ReplyDelete
  10. Joss Sticks.

    It is an infringement of my religious freedom when paying homage to the great Wetherspoon.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Fair enough, I have lost my bet!
    However, can I say that although I detest inhaling tobacco smoke, I detest even more the fact that smokers have to go outside to smoke. The system of segregated areas and excellent extractor fans (in Wetherspoon for instance)was perfectly adequate.
    I wonder what the powers will do to stop us having a carbon footprint now that this has become the Big Bad Wolf. The Ultimate Solution? For all us? For most of us?
    annesevant

    ReplyDelete
  12. You'll need more than joss sticks since the smoking ban ...

    http://stonch.blogspot.com/2008/03/one-way-to-improve-beer-festivals.html

    With the beer festival, W'spoons is even paying for punters to join CAMRA, seems like a good offer, whatever the Stonch reckons.

    http://stonch.blogspot.com/2008/03/no-more-spooning-for-stonch.html

    ReplyDelete
  13. I see absolutely no reason why people who chew gum should not retain the wrapper and pop the residue back into said wrapper, for disposal in a proper receptacle.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Judith is being her usual wholly rational self and providing an easy answer to an abiding problem.
    I would suggest that a solution to the dog end problem would be to have one metre length stainless steel receptacle poles which could be anchored to the pavement and removable in a matter of seconds for replacement when full.
    Now can we get back to what is going to happen to our extremely naughty traffic warden?

    ReplyDelete
  15. We do not know for sure, what if anything will happen to the naughty traffic warden.

    However I see a few P45's being issued after CCTV Enforcement comes into force on July 1st 2008.

    I suspect the poorest performing, or most complained about to go first, machine will most definitely replace man in future parking enforcement.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I thought machine had replaced man in Havering who now have little smart cars with great big cctv camera on top to catch those naughty illegal parkers, I went to some trouble to ascertain whether or not it had a driver, but I was dissapointed that it did have, but he is probably only there to change the film - oops sorry memory card.

    dopeyf

    ReplyDelete