Andrew joined Goole Councillors, Anne Handley, Nick Coultish and Barbara Jeffereys for litter picking on Tom Pudding Way in Goole earlier today.
The Councillors undertake regular litter picks and I suggested this road after seeing the appalling amount of litter down it on my daily exercise! We managed to get 9 bags of litter which were duly collected by the East Riding Council. We will be doing more picks next week.
There is perhaps a need for more bins on this stretch of road, but that doesn't excuse people throwing their trash around without a thought for how it makes our town look. There was the usual array of rubbish but I have to confess that what really gets my goat is the large amount of knock-off cigarette packets.
If you are one of those who buys knock off fags from one of the well known vendors in the town can I say you thank you for denying the NHS and other public services vital taxation at the time when health and social care costs are rocketing due to Covid-19.
Moreover, what sits behind knock off booze and cigarette sales is normally organised crime which often involves modern slavery, violence and the exploitation of vulnerable people. Still, as long as you get your cheap fags eh, I don't suppose any of that matters ...