Turn up at a municipal tip with any form of vehicle other than a standard four door salon car at the worst, and you are interrogated by the gate keeper as if you are about to deposit some form of nuclear waste. If you happen to have a 4x4 or even worse an open truck, you will be turned away unless you stand your ground and demand to see the manager.
Why builders and other types of businesses which create waste and who obviously pay their fare share of council taxes and businesses rates, are not allowed free access to the municipal tipping facilities as the rest of us, is a mystery.
It is because they are driven away from legitimately depositing waste at the tips that some decide to deposit it in farmers’ gateways, beauty spots, or open land. Someone else has to clear it up and dispose of it at considerable cost. Perhaps someone could take note.
The road side verges are once again an utter disgrace. The sides of the A23, A27 and A24 are littered with paper, plastic, bottles, tins, Mc Donald’s wrappers and debris, and plastic bags. I suspect plenty of other roads which I have not recently travelled along are just as bad. This blight on the countryside hardly enhances our ‘green and pleasant land’. We should be appalled but not surprised that the UK has the dirtiest streets, towns and roads sides in Europe; we should be ashamed.
If the government is prepared to address this problem they should be supported. It has been suggested that those doing community service should be decked out in super florescent jumpsuits and made to pick it up. This should happen soon.
I have a certain amount of admiration for the confidence and affront of UKIP, its representatives and some of their candidates. They are so sure of themselves and convinced that they will succeed in their mission, that they fail to turn up at meetings and hustings.
The UKIP parliamentary candidate for Lewes has become notorious for just not being there. I gather that locally he is known as ‘Where’s Wally’! But in his case he is not hiding amongst the crowd, he really is not there.
At the recent General Election hustings arranged at Plumpton College by the NFU and CLA, for local farmers to question the candidates, Ray Finch the UKIP candidate, was noticeable for his absence. The remaining four including the Labour, Green, Lib Dem and Conservative candidates all pitched up.
UKIP are so confident that their candidate Mr Finch will be elected to represent Lewes in Parliament that his presence at such events, including a resent farmers meeting in Firle, is considered to be unnecessary.
Such confidence is breath taking; it will be interesting to see just how well he does on 7th May.
The story of the American parents who have been put on a watch list for ‘child neglect’, is concerning. Their crime – allowing their children aged 6 and 10 to walk home from school. Surely these parents should be given a medal, not a criminal record. These children were not walking alone in the middle of the night, they were walking in broad daylight, safely along a pavement and in an area where there were other kids and adults about.
children today are over protected. Many as a result are quite unprepared for life outside the cocoon of their family home, and some find it hard to think for themselves. At least these American kids are walking which will hopefully ensure they do not become grossly overweight like so many of their peers.
Mishaps happen to children; it used to be called ‘growing up’. We learn from some incidents, and some are scary but with any luck most kids survive and pick up life skills along the way such as thinking for themselves, making judgements, and learning not to talk to strangers.
If more children walked to and from school without chaperons, the streets would probably be less congested and safer, and the kids would probably arrive at both destinations better prepared for life’s eventualities.
I have to agree with Peter McKay in the Daily Mail. I too would be happy to see the scrapping of TV ‘debates’ at election times. It was plainly demonstrated at the last election that they give the electorate a false sense of the worth of the party leaders. The ‘real’ person rarely shows through on these occasions, as with Clegg in 2010. He seemed to win the popularity stakes but since that day has failed to impress, failed to contribute and failed to win the confidence of the public.
Voting at the General Election is about electing people who will do their best for our communities and the country, not about which leader gave the best performance on the night.
Carola Godman Irvine