Islands of culture.

West Gate Street. Where are the gull proof bags?
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Don’t blame the gulls and pigeons. This is unsorted waste being left on the streets by humans.

Is it me growing old and cantankerous or – in common with many other people – is it that l just care about this city which adopted me nearly eight years ago.

I sometimes see the central area as islands of culture surrounded by a sea of dross.

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This pile is opposite the Guildhall. Almost on the Council’s doorstep.

First thing in the morning it’s not helped by the piles of business and domestic rubbish waiting for collection.

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Welcome to Bath!

I can’t quite work out who does what but – while the rest of us rely on the Council to take away our waste – in the inner city there appears to be many different refuse businesses vying for work.

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West Gate Street. Where are the gull proof bags?

We have all been given gull proof bags or bins but – despite the efforts of some sincere councillors and Bath BID – l don’t see many using them.

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Here’s a gull proof bag actually resting under the rubbish that should be inside it!

It has to be the same rule for all – especially in the inner city where gulls still – on occasion – seem to outnumber the tourists. This is where clean streets are most important.

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Why does this hang around for so long? It looks as though they wait until the tourists have returned to their hotels before filling the streets with this garbage.

Just imagine if this really was Disneyworld – there wouldn’t be a scrap of rubbish in site.

It is the beauty of Southgate where – despite fake grass and plastic flowers – you have a private landowner keeping the place clean.

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Don’t blame the gulls and pigeons. This is unsorted waste being left on the streets by humans.

What do others think?

PS. The traffic cone on the Laura Place fountain has been there for a day and a half now. Still, it’s better than the bike that was parked on top two years ago!

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The traffic cone has been there for a day and a half. Does no one from the Council spot these things? What does it look like to those on the tourist buses and coaches?

Pleased to report the cone is down – but the fountain was turned off this morning for contractors to clear algae.