Times’ letters: Litterbugs and breast cancer support

Foxes are opening rubbish bags left out on the street. Picture: PA Images

Foxes are opening rubbish bags left out on the street. Picture: PA Images - Credit: PA

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.


Trevor Ellis, Chalkhill Road, Wembley, writes:

This is an open letter to whoever is responsible for placing blue and black refuse bags on the right hand side of ChalkHill Road.

I have observed on a number of occasions, Seagulls tearing the bags apart, obviously hoping to find food to eat. As a consequence, by the time the bags are removed by the refuse collector, there are often remnants of food waste and other things scattered across the pavement.

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I think that it is time for the landlord of Chalkhill Estate and local residents, who leave the refuse bags on the pavements, to at least, consider leaving them perhaps 30 minutes before they are collected, so as to deter seagulls and perhaps foxes, tearing them apart during the night and morning and leaving a considerable mess behind that attracts flies and creates a health hazard for local residents.

I’m also concerned about the grass area at the entrance and exit of the Neasden subway on the north circular road.

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I have noticed that it is increasingly used as a place for inconsiderate people to throw tin cans and fast food packaging.

It looks horrible and I wonder why I pay council tax when the council allows the environment to be blighted by litter?

Also, I would like to know when the overgrown branches of trees in and around the north circular road will be cut? I had to crouch down to be able to avoid having my face rubbing against overgrown branches and I felt quite upset to be honest.

If Brent Council truly wants to create a Better Brent, why don’t they set an example by dealing with the issues raised in this letter?

Wear pink!

Addie Mitchell, clinical nurse specialist, Breast Cancer Now, writes:

I am writing to ask your readers to join us on October 23 and take part in the UK’s biggest and boldest pink fundraiser, wear it pink.

Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day helps us continue to make world-class breast cancer research and life-changing care happen through the vital funds that are raised by people across Essex each year. Without this fundraising, we simply cannot continue to be here for people affected by breast cancer, now and in the future.

So, if there was ever a time to find that pink top, grab that pink tie or dig out that pink tutu, that time is now.

Fundraisers can register to claim a free fundraising pack at wearitpink.org. Whether your wear it pink day is held online, an event with your household or a socially-distanced event, we hope you can join us in helping to fund life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing care for those affected by breast cancer.

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