Letter from six-year-old Helston girl shames 'dirty, horrid' litterbugs

Amelia Hawke-Treneer wrote to mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby

Amelia Hawke-Treneer wrote to mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby

First published in News

The thought-provoking words of a six-year-old girl have prompted Helston Town Council to redouble its efforts in stamping out a “dirty, horrid problem” once and for all.

Amelia Hawke-Treneer wrote to mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby asking him to “get more people to pick up litter.”

She wrote: “Dear Mr Mayor. Please may you get more people to pick up litter?

“Me and my granddad went to do it and I came back with one whole bag of litter and one bag of recycling, and that was just Clodgey Way lay-by.”

After reading it out to councillors, Mr Radford-Gaby said: “I just hope that goes to shame dirty, thoughtless and anti-social individuals that drop litter in this town.

“I will be personally asking the town warden to redouble his efforts to issue fixed penalty notices. It takes a six-year-old girl to write to us.

“I hope we can get this dirty, horrid problem stamped out once and for all.”

Members agreed with councillor Gillian Geer pointing out that cigarettes were included in this.

“People who smoke and drop cigarettes seem to think that does not include cigarettes. In fact Helston is awash with cigarettes,” she said.

Dog mess was a similar issue, which town warden Craig Bowcutt can also issue an instant fine over. Councillor Ronnie Williams said: “I don’t think this town has been worse – it’s everywhere.”

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10:46am Wed 26 Feb 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

I think it is a very good issue the young lady has raised.

Maybe instead of having criteria attached to the section 106 money that was part of the planning process for the out of town supermarkets, stipulating that the Town Council employed a Town Manager, it may possibly have been useful to have spent some of the money on a full time litter picker/cleaner with the power to issue fines. I realise there is the Town Warden but he covers a multitude of jobs.
I think it is a very good issue the young lady has raised. Maybe instead of having criteria attached to the section 106 money that was part of the planning process for the out of town supermarkets, stipulating that the Town Council employed a Town Manager, it may possibly have been useful to have spent some of the money on a full time litter picker/cleaner with the power to issue fines. I realise there is the Town Warden but he covers a multitude of jobs. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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4:51pm Thu 27 Feb 14

krazyitchkatie says...

@Gillian - but the money is a finite amount, so that's not a sustainable idea?

However, Town tidy is on again 19-25 April! lol
@Gillian - but the money is a finite amount, so that's not a sustainable idea? However, Town tidy is on again 19-25 April! lol krazyitchkatie
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7:03pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

krazyitchkatie wrote:
@Gillian - but the money is a finite amount, so that's not a sustainable idea?

However, Town tidy is on again 19-25 April! lol
You are right, it would not be sustainable, (I will add it to my book of stupid ideas, it seems to be a bigger book than my book of good ideas!) no paid staff jobs are sustainable though when using the S106 money., they do however serve a valuable purpose for the duration of their existence.

Town tidy 19-25 April, I will buy you some dustbin sacks lol :)
[quote][p][bold]krazyitchkatie[/bold] wrote: @Gillian - but the money is a finite amount, so that's not a sustainable idea? However, Town tidy is on again 19-25 April! lol[/p][/quote]You are right, it would not be sustainable, (I will add it to my book of stupid ideas, it seems to be a bigger book than my book of good ideas!) no paid staff jobs are sustainable though when using the S106 money., they do however serve a valuable purpose for the duration of their existence. Town tidy 19-25 April, I will buy you some dustbin sacks lol :) Gillian R.Z. Martin
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