Too easy going?

First published in Letters

AS YOUR readers are probably aware I have been campaigning against dog fouling and illegal parking in my home town of Usk for the last four years, and have also read letters from other readers about various other districts such as the lady in Blaenavon who got a ticket for feeding the birds in a public car park. , and the warden in Blackwood who stuck a ticket on a car with its windows and a door open, and more recently the five motorists who were fined in Newport after being reported by members of the public.

How about this? One evening when my partner and I were taking a stroll through the Twyn Square in Usk, the local community officer was sat chatting to a local man on the bench under a tree immediately opposite the HSBC bank, when a large grey “Chelsea Tractor” 4x4 pulled up and parked with two wheels on the pavement, straddling the double yellow lines. The driver calmly disembarked and proceeded to the “hole in the wall” to draw out some cash. All this in full view of our intrepid friendly community officer who was seated in full view not more than 30 feet away from the offender.

We stood and watched the whole scenario for 5 minutes, with no reaction at all from the friendly neighbourly officer. On top of that on walking around the corner (a further 50 feet) there was a Jaguar car double parked outside the Nags Head pub. There is no way that this officer could not have seen the offence.

I felt it was not worth my tackling the officer on the matter because I had on a previous occasion personally reported to the same officer the parking and dog fouling “black spots” of our town but obviously to no avail. It is little wonder that despite all the efforts of myself and others there has not yet been one prosecution in the last four years in Usk for parking or dog fouling offences. C Pearce, Old Market St, Usk

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12:58pm Thu 7 Aug 14

throwy1 says...

I will make the assumption that you and your partner own a mobile phone or such other device you carry with you. If you are so insensed by the Officer not acting in such a situation why not provide his employer with some evidence so he can be retrained?
I will make the assumption that you and your partner own a mobile phone or such other device you carry with you. If you are so insensed by the Officer not acting in such a situation why not provide his employer with some evidence so he can be retrained? throwy1
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Thu 7 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

Driving north along Caerleon road a few weeks back sat in traffic as usual, I saw a car with 2 young men in it park across the pedestrian crossing at the bottom of Herbert Road and one went in to the shop. Amazed at the sheer audacity of this guy I then smiled as 2 pcso walked up from Bank Street and walked towards the crossing. And got to the crossing. And looked at the crossing. And walked past the crossing towards town. Utterly go smacked. So I wound my window down when they reached me and asked them if they thought it was ok to park across a crossing. To which they had no answer. And after an awkward 20 seconds of silence I then asked them if they were going to do so,etching about it. So they did. They walked across the road, and asked him to move. Then his mate came out, got in the car and they went. Laughing. What is the point?
Driving north along Caerleon road a few weeks back sat in traffic as usual, I saw a car with 2 young men in it park across the pedestrian crossing at the bottom of Herbert Road and one went in to the shop. Amazed at the sheer audacity of this guy I then smiled as 2 pcso walked up from Bank Street and walked towards the crossing. And got to the crossing. And looked at the crossing. And walked past the crossing towards town. Utterly go smacked. So I wound my window down when they reached me and asked them if they thought it was ok to park across a crossing. To which they had no answer. And after an awkward 20 seconds of silence I then asked them if they were going to do so,etching about it. So they did. They walked across the road, and asked him to move. Then his mate came out, got in the car and they went. Laughing. What is the point? landyman3030
  • Score: 6

10:31pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Hevsym says...

With all that's happening in the world, I can't honestly believe people walk around looking for dog poo and complain at a Community Officer doesn't arrest someone for parking illegally for just enough time to use a cashpoint. Yes, it's wrong to park like that and it's disgusting when people let their dog foul on the pavement but don't let it control your life to the point of having wasted 4 years writing letters about it. You only live once, theres no point moaning, make the most out of life.
With all that's happening in the world, I can't honestly believe people walk around looking for dog poo and complain at a Community Officer doesn't arrest someone for parking illegally for just enough time to use a cashpoint. Yes, it's wrong to park like that and it's disgusting when people let their dog foul on the pavement but don't let it control your life to the point of having wasted 4 years writing letters about it. You only live once, theres no point moaning, make the most out of life. Hevsym
  • Score: -3

10:34pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Hevsym says...

Sorry, should read "complain because a Community Officer...."
Sorry, should read "complain because a Community Officer...." Hevsym
  • Score: 0

11:51am Fri 8 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

Hevsym, life is too short to worry about such things.
Having a social conscience and being socially responsible to your community is a dying thing. If you don't stop the tide at the beginning it is almost impossible to change once it becomes entrenched.
Dog poo and 5 minutes on a double yellow line might seem unimportant to you but for the community who have to deal with these issues daily, it gets a bit wearing. Lets hope your child never falls in the crap left by an anti social dog walker, or has a crossing blocked by a nuisance driver with no sense of other peoples safety.
Why worry about the small things when Gaza is being destroyed and World Poverty is higher then ever?
Because when your child is injured because of the small things being ignored suddenly everything else doesn't seem quite so important as the little things that could have been done if only somebody cared enough
Hevsym, life is too short to worry about such things. Having a social conscience and being socially responsible to your community is a dying thing. If you don't stop the tide at the beginning it is almost impossible to change once it becomes entrenched. Dog poo and 5 minutes on a double yellow line might seem unimportant to you but for the community who have to deal with these issues daily, it gets a bit wearing. Lets hope your child never falls in the crap left by an anti social dog walker, or has a crossing blocked by a nuisance driver with no sense of other peoples safety. Why worry about the small things when Gaza is being destroyed and World Poverty is higher then ever? Because when your child is injured because of the small things being ignored suddenly everything else doesn't seem quite so important as the little things that could have been done if only somebody cared enough landyman3030
  • Score: 6

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