When I received an email from Lincolnshire County Council stating:
“In response to your comments about picking up litter, LCC would advise you to undertake your own risk assessment, but would be content for you to proceed on the understanding that this is not something that you are doing at the request of Lincolnshire County Council.”
I was shocked.
How have we got to a position where the Local Authority does not request the people to pick up litter? No wonder “Keep Britain Tidy” has failed.
Further more a member of the public is not qualified to carry out a risk assessment. In practise how would it be possible to carry out a risk assessment every time a discarded crisp packet is noticed?
The following email has been sent to LCC:
—– Original Message —–
I was shocked to read that LCC are not requesting the public to pick up litter. Could you please confirm the LCC position regards the picking up of litter? Should we leave it on the ground?
In addition, as a member of the public is not qualified to carry out a risk assessment and as LCC would advise me to undertake my own risk assessment before picking up a discarded crisp packet could you please confirm does this apply to everyone?
You will appreciate that my friends and myself are law-abiding people and we do not want to break any legislation we are unaware of.
Regards my meeting with Mr Willis could you please advise of other available dates?
I look forward to hearing from you.
“(Yorkshiremen are) richly endowed with that gritty determination, that wilful refusal to give up and that sheer bloody-mindedness that eventually prevails.” Sir Bernard Ingham