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. The council told him that they happily clear sand deposited on the public highway but once it lands on private property it becomes the responsibility of the owners.
He pensioner says that he has no alternative but to pay a specialist waste disposal firm to collect his unwanted sand and take it away.
I mean, what the fuck is wrong with this country? Seriously? Oh, actually, I know the answer to that one: it's the cunts who rule us (and by that, of course, I mean not only these idiot jobsworths, but also the organisation that controls all of our waste policies: the European Union).
Can we start hanging them yet (and worse)?