Glad to see the council has its priorities right.
Can't let the public get away with that kind of thing, next thing you know the public will wanting the council to provide the service they charge through the nose for. Now where would that get us?
Sad state of affairs when magistrates are supporting this crap by imposing farcical fines, you would get a smaller fine in West Cumbria for burning your neighbours house down,
I would find out where the 2 enforcement officers live, and go and throw my extra rubbish in their bins.
Because they have got space to spare, they cannot be home that much.
They are out all times of the day giving other people who sort their rubbish, fixed fine penaltys
Our former Deputy Prime Minister (you know, the one with Two jags, a mistress, cowboy hat and Bulemia) had some bright ideas thanks to select committe report on local government revenues, which said:
"We believe that local authorities should have the opportunity to increase their income by extending more fees and charges to a wider range of services. Local authorities should also be allowed to make profit from services."
So really it should be:
"Copeland Borough Council will continue to raise revenues by employing numpties to dish out random fines dressed up as crack downs on a number of spurious non issues, such as overflowing bins which cause nugatory problems for a few local local residents and does next to nothing in the battle to reduce waste. "
My own Council has a "Local Revenue Generation Manager" whose job it is to devise ever more cunning and opaque plans to extort more money for services we already pay for. Mostly these are all dressed up in Green but now "Promoting Social Inclusion" is being used to hike charges.
I firmly believe that a period of Civil Disobedience is not far off in our benighted country, and when it comes, the Fire Brigades will be hard pushed to put out Blazes in Town Halls and Council Offices.
The British people will stand only so much pushing round, and then they lash out.
So if I arrange my recycling to look like a gaint cock inside my bin Ill get a fine for offending some friendly council employee raking through my bin?
I was under the impression that fines were a substitute for costodial sentances , and as a deterrent , not a means of generating revenue for an already-paid-for-by-council-tax service. The fact that the councils consider fining people as a legitimate means of making more money rather than a alternative to banging someone up is frankly disgusting.
/tinfoil hat on
How much lower can our lords and masters ( ) sink? If I caught myself saying things like; this is all paving the way for the criminalisation of the masses and the reduction of our civil liberties a year or two ago I would have taken myself outside and had a word for being a tinfoil wearing wierdo. Now, I'm really not to sure. Im more worried about being banged up for a month (as habeus corpus (sp?) wanders into the horizon )for looking like im about to threaten a pigeon with the threat of the threat of verbal abuse than some brown bloke with some unruly facial topiary blowing me to bits onthe train to work. Surely thats a bad sign ?