Make litterbugs tidy up

First published in Letters

Sir – The scene could hardly have been more idyllic: wonderful weather, the ideal setting of The Leys (often forgotten to be a memorial to those from the town who died in the First World War) and an appreciative number of spectators watching an interesting game of cricket.

A mixed group of teenagers sitting on the grass between the pavilion and the sightscreen decided to move across towards the children’s playground, leaving a carpet of litter, comprising of empty packets, and wrappers, etc.

A middle-aged lady among a group supporting the visiting cricket team walked across with a bag and picked up every piece of litter which had been left by the teenagers and disposed of it in a bin.

What impression does this give to visitors to Witney? Do these youngsters not appreciate the facilities available to them? What on Earth are their homes like?

Instead, or perhaps in addition to an ASBO, what about a few days’ enforced litter-picking for them?

Obviously this would require paid supervision but with higher priorities, such as overseas aid and second homes for MPs, funding for this would be unlikely.

Gordon Clack, Witney Road, Ducklington

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1:43am Fri 4 Jul 14

Freda Piles says...

If you had all got together and confronted these litter louts then you could bet that the police would have been there to arrest you Gordon.
What is wrong with people today and especially many of the younger generation ? I personally blame the parents for lack of supervision and leadership at home. Not enough discipline at home or at school and the teachers are helpless to do anything without some do-gooder saying you can't do that. A good clip round the ear is not allowed but a detention should be given and they should be made to do chores in the town in full view of everyone and picking up litter comes to mind along with any dog fouling found.
If you had all got together and confronted these litter louts then you could bet that the police would have been there to arrest you Gordon. What is wrong with people today and especially many of the younger generation ? I personally blame the parents for lack of supervision and leadership at home. Not enough discipline at home or at school and the teachers are helpless to do anything without some do-gooder saying you can't do that. A good clip round the ear is not allowed but a detention should be given and they should be made to do chores in the town in full view of everyone and picking up litter comes to mind along with any dog fouling found. Freda Piles
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9:46pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Anne Small says...

Pity the police didn't bother to get out of their patrol car and take a closer look. They then might have seen what we saw!
From the response to my own letter, it would appear that the council do a great job of clearing up after these people. Witney tax payers are funding this! A few littering fines should be issued!
Pity the police didn't bother to get out of their patrol car and take a closer look. They then might have seen what we saw! From the response to my own letter, it would appear that the council do a great job of clearing up after these people. Witney tax payers are funding this! A few littering fines should be issued! Anne Small
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