My photograph of ripped-open black bags – left outside the communal door of upper floor flats in the centre of Bath – brought a response from Jacky Wilkinson.
In an email she writes: I walk along the London Road a lot and this kind of sight is all too frequent! As the buildings have been more intensively subdivided, the traditional front basement area has been lost as storage space for bins, so it’s now common to see the railings permanently draped with sacks and bags and the front entrances lined with boxes. These are visual eyesore that is really dragging down the quality of the public realm.
The Council is proposing more conversions of upper floors – in itself no bad thing – but the issue of waste bins must be resolved or else our streets will become an obstacle course. As for plastic sacks – I can spot thé party houses easily as I walk along.
The weekend party-goers seem to be required to dump their plastic sacks outside and recycle boxes full of vodka bottles no matter whether there’s a collection that day or not!
This is an issue that should be tackled too.
I’m ashamed of Bath, with its rubbish piled up outside its lovely Georgian buildings, sticky dirty pavements, cracked stones etc. This city relies on its reputation as a major tourist attraction and yet keeping the streets clean and tidy is not seen as a priority. I don’t get it.”