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March 09, 2007

We Are Ruled By Morons Part 93

Please, can we start shooting people yet?

A pensioner who lives beside the seaside has been warned by his council that he faces a heavy fine for fly-tipping if he returns windblown sand in his garden back to the beach.

Arthur Bulmer, 79, has long complained of sand drifting on to his property on the fore-shore at Lytham St Anne’s, in Lancashire, but this year’s gales have exacerbated the problem.

When he asked Fylde Borough Council if it was permissible to return the sand where it came from, he was told it would constitute fly-tipping. He should treat it as litter and take it to the municipal refuse tip.

Where's a bloody revolution when you need one?

March 9, 2007 in Your Tax Money at Work | Permalink


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"When he asked Fylde Borough Council..."

That's his problem, right there. Just 'return' the sand - don't ask a council employee, and expect an answer that allows for common sense!

Posted by: JuliaM | Mar 9, 2007 11:01:29 AM

I emailed this to my girlfriend, and her thoughts were much the same:

Good grief. Why did the bloke even phone the council in the first place. If he'd just tipped it over the fence, no one would have been any the wiser.

Posted by: Andy | Mar 9, 2007 12:43:45 PM

Except that now he has warned them that he may do this, they will probably pay for a private detective of some kind to monitor him in case of law-breaking, and the minute he throws any of this sand back on the beach (or even if some of it naturally blows back the other way) he will be immediately prosecuted.

I'm with you Tim, when is the revolution?

I've got a fucking huge list of those who will be first up against the wall when that day comes - we're going to need a huge fucking wall.....

Posted by: zorro | Mar 9, 2007 2:55:53 PM

Perhaps he should use their own stupid legislation. If they say that it is rubbish then they need to secure their 'rubbish' to stop it being blown around just as if he put papers in his garden and they were blown into the street they would be on him like a ton of useless bricks. (I think I spelt that right)

So letter to the council asking them to pick up their rubbish followed by a letter of complaint.

Of course why the stupid berk didn't just brush it out into the street I don't know.

Posted by: Dave Petterson | Mar 9, 2007 5:20:10 PM

Perhaps the richest irony is the astonishment in people who, after decades of asking the government to do more, and pressing more and more powers into government hands, find that the government is now overly intrusive and won't willingly give those powers back.

Ironic, yes. But not all that funny.

Posted by: John Fembup | Mar 9, 2007 8:13:28 PM