Smartphone beats the Devil

There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia. 
- Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

May 12th 16.02: BC posts this article, decrying the evil that lurks in the hearts of men, to cause someone to stash rubbish in a cage meant to protect our new street trees.

May 12th 21.57: Sue suggests we do what they did in Ladywell and report it to Love Lewisham on Twitter.

May 12th 23.04: We say great, we'll do that on Monday 14th.

Time passes...

May 21st 11.34: We remember that we were going to report the tree mess to Love Lewisham and do so.

May 21st 16.24: Officer Tyrell kindly retweets our tweet to the address we should have used in the first place: @lovecleanstreet

May 22nd 19.20: We cycle past and notice the trees are clean and take this picture.

So it goes.

That is how public services are supposed to work and let us praise great work whenever we see it.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

How long before some idiot starts moaning about "mungs" who are so precious they don't like litter in their trees; how trees are "dishonest", "fussy" and a "con" anyway; and that the litter was there first?

Sue said...

I also tweeted them yesterday to request more street bins for outside our new array of take-aways in Ladywell as the bins have been overflowing. I got a reply within a few hours saying they'd taken a look and we're going to add two more bins, which will hopefully arrive soon. Council officers aren't mind-readers, but the ones in the street cleansing and environment team are generally pretty responsive when you contact them.

Lou Baker said...

Love Lewisham is great.

It's a brilliant example of how a service can be made easier and more convenient to the public AND more cost effective and efficient for the council.

Monkeyboy will tell you achieving such a positive outcome for all is impossible. And so it has proved on our railways - the anus of public services.

But Love Lewisham is a bold and brave example of a council at its best. Bravo.

Anonymous said...

Great. Conversely, I've asked Lewisham about the cycle/pedestrian path from Folkestone Gardens to Fordham Park, but still no action.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, Love lewisham is great for street litter. Shame they cannot act when it comes to people's front garden. I live on Drakefell Road and on one side of the street, many people have overspilled litter (cartboard and broken glass) in their front garden - some of which has been there for months...

Mb said...

Lou, have you accidentally taken a double dose of night nurse again?

tyrwhitt ali said...

I reported a dumped mattress yesterday morning and it was gone by lunchtime!

FattyFattymungmung said...

That app is brilliant - I regular send in photos of abandoned mattresses etc... and they are often gone the same day!

Matt-Z said...

The cynics amongst us (if there are any) might see Love Lewisham as a free way to dispose of unwanted junk, which you would normally have to pay for. Dump your old furniture on the street, phone the council, feign outrage, sofa/mattress/whatever removed free of charge, problem solved.

That said, it is a good service and nice to see them acting on complaints. I think Fixmystreet feeds directly into it too.

Brockley Nick said...

@Matt - I don't understand what the alternative would be? For the Council never to clear the streets?

Yes, the system is open to abuse and ultimately, law-abiding types have to foot the bill, but it was ever thus.

Tamsin said...

To stop the litter collecting in the tree protector thingies one could re-design them so that there are bigger gaps at the bottom that the cans etc. can just fall through and roll away on the pavement.

First noticed the problem a while ago by Elverson Road. Was wondering how to fish it out to dispose of it properly but not too easy to do without causing criminal damage with wire cutters - whereas if it could just drop through there wouldn't be the issue.

It's a funny sort of attitude - the perpetrators seem to know they should not just toss stuff onto the pavement or in the gutter, but in trying to dispose of it tidily they thoughtlessly cause a worse problem.

Lou Baker said...

@matt

The people you describe are chavs. They will find their grotty way around every system.

As for the Drakefell mess - it is not the council's responsibility to clean up a front garden. But we should fine people who don't keep their homes properly - as they lower the tone of an area.

Anonymous said...

at Lou, indeed, it is not the council's responsibility to clean people's front garden. When it comes to litter, we are all responsible, either not to drop it in the first place or to pick it up if fallen out of bins... At the end of the day, litter is litter whether it is in people's front garden or in the street, it is dirty, unsightly, and not respectful for people who live nearby.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't the council get more exercised about the amount of litter on Hilly Fields? Tonight there were several areas awash with discarded chicken boxes, cans, ice cream wrappers, newspapers scattered amongst it all and so on. When you read about people being fines for dropping an apple core, why doesn't the council deploy a warden to ticket the litterers. They should be easy to spot.

NAT said...

Take your point Anon, but the problem only became apparent when the park keepers days were cut back by 2 midweek ones, which goes to show what an excellent job he does on litter control the rest of the time.

Anonymous said...

I'm no fan of lewisham council, but fair play to their quick removal of graffiti, fly tipping and general litter. if you see something, get on the site and report it. in my experience they are out within a few days and have it all cleaned up.
if left, unsightly stuff tends to attract more unsightly stuff.

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