Readers’ letters - October 24

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Fly-tipping is environmental vandalism and costs us all

Litter and fly-tipping is environmental vandalism – it’s unpleasant, unnecessary and unacceptable.

Not only does fly-tipping create an eyesore for residents, it is also a serious public health risk, creating pollution and attracting rats and other vermin.

Clearing up fly-tipping is costing councils more than £57m a year – money that could be spent on other services, like caring for the elderly, protecting children or tackling homelessness.

It is unacceptable that they are having to spend vast amounts each year tackling this scourge.

The Government has responded to our call for councils to be able to apply fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping – and this is a big step in the right direction.

When they take offenders to court, councils need a faster and more effective legal system which means fly-tippers are given hard-hitting fines for more serious offences.

Manufacturers also need to provide more take-back services so people can hand in old furniture and mattresses when they buy new ones.

Martin Tett

Environment spokesman
Local Government Association

Hard work

for prisoners

Even though autumn is a lovely season with the beautiful leaves of many colours on the trees, they are dropping fast and they are piling up on the streets.

Having lived abroad for many years, I used to see prisoners in the towns, under the watchful eyes of their warden, sweeping and cleaning the streets and cemeteries.

This was during the day when the temperature was at its highest so it must have been very strenuous work.

The prisoners, presumably, were sentenced to hard labour and of course this was certainly hard labour, but they certainly made a huge difference to the cleanliness of the towns.

I do wonder what kind of hard labour our prisoners in the UK serve, or perhaps this type of sentence has been abolished. If so, more’s the pity.

Mrs M Mawer

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Charity appeal for used stamps

I am appealing for used postage stamps which help me raise funds which I then donate to the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Recycling used postage stamps is such an easy way to raise money for the charity and I am always in need of all types of postage stamps, including British, foreign and Christmas stamps.

If you are able to help, I would be grateful if you could cut the stamps from their envelopes (leaving a 1cm margin around the stamp) and send them to:

Myrna Chave

PO Box 91

Virginia Water


GU25 9AR

If you would like to contact me, my email address is

Your assistance in helping me to support this very worthy cause is greatly appreciated.

Myrna Chave

via email

EU cat is out of the bag now

The cat is now truly out of the bag with Brussels, in the form of the EU negotiators having little to offer the Brexit negotiations except intimidation, bullying and fear.

Hopefully those

who voted to remain in

the EU will now recognise this.

Dave Haskell