Who said anything about a traffic cone?

SIR – Your readers will be interested, I am sure, at the turn of events following publication of my letter in the March 11 edition of the WHT. In my letter I had mentioned having invited a Serco employee, who happened to be in the area at the time, into

SIR - Your readers will be interested, I am sure, at the turn of events following publication of my letter in the March 11 edition of the WHT.

In my letter I had mentioned having invited a Serco employee, who happened to be in the area at the time, into my front garden to see the build-up of leaves and litter on the outside of a fine-mesh screen between my garden and council land.

I suggested, at the time, that the material on the other side of the screen could be removed with the aid of a hand-held blower and that he was welcome to do so from my garden.

Councillor Roger Trigg visited me on the afternoon of February 11 and we discussed local problems.


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I showed him the fine-mesh screen and he saw how effective it was in preventing litter from entering my garden along its entire length of 52ft.

I gave Roger Trigg a list of points relating to the local environment. The last item on this list was a traffic cone which had been lying in the vicinity of the weeping pear, a tree which is some 18 feet in diameter and stands four feet from the beech hedge.

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On the morning of Friday, February 20, I noticed that somebody had cut through 16 strands of the fine-mesh screen to a length of 12 inches, possibly from evidence available, using a pair of garden secateurs.

At the same time I noticed that the traffic cone which had been lying a few feet from the beech hedge for several weeks was no longer there.

Serco has denied any involvement in this business.

No operatives were scheduled to work in the area of Chalk Dale on the day in question', it states.

In yet a further gaffe a letter assures me: "[Following] further discussion with our street cleansing and grounds maintenance supervisors [I am] assured crews have not collected a traffic cone from your property.''

When, may I ask, have I ever mentioned a traffic cone on my property?

"Oh what a tangled mess we weave, When first we set out to deceive''

And, where may I ask, does the borough council come in in this sordid business? Who is running the show?

Is it the Town Hall?? Or is it Serco???

I will leave your readers to be the best judges of that!

Victor Waddell, Chalk Dale, WGC.

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