On my way home from work one evening recently – I reside in Northburn, Cramlington – I noticed a beer mat in the road.
I thought nothing more of it until I’d continued my journey home through a number of avenues, only to discover a great amount more of these beer mats in the roads.
The kids must have gotten hold of a batch and had been flinging them about, I thought. Kids will be kids.
It was only after a few days that I started to wonder why the beer mats hadn’t been shifted.
So a couple of nights later I stopped to take a closer look at one of these beer mats that littered my street.
I discovered that it was not a beer mat at all. It was some sort of glued down warning sign telling me not to pollute my drains.
I wouldn’t know how to pollute a drain, yet I’ve got all of this graffiti all over my estate.
I don’t ever recall seeing any residents using the street drains as a toilet, nor pouring down toxic substances.
Recently I spent some time in Greece – Athens, Nafplio, etc. I was appalled by the graffiti everywhere. It was a disgrace.
I now feel the same as I did then – and I’m paying for it. Does that make me guilty? It’s my money that’s contributing to this, after all.
Who makes these decisions and spends my hard-earned cash?
Is this maybe another government or EU incentive so that another box can be ticked and somebody sits safe in their seat?