RECENT letter writers (April 6 & 7) have prompt giant fines as a means of decreasing litter in Scotland. That may be useful, however it’s rather more sophisticated sadly.
It’s a must to first catch the culprits and, secondly corroborate the offence earlier than proceedings might be undertaken.
The reply lies in expertise.
First, small CCTV cameras may very well be hidden in lay-bys in recognized “fly-tipping” websites. You see their use commonly on TV wildlife programmes.The digicam might detect car quantity plates, permitting prison prices. Extra importantly, this would wish nationwide assist from the Scottish Authorities, which might coordinate the operation.
My most important thought is the usage of electrical tricycles with a big assortment field on the again clearly marked “Litter/Canine Warden”. Such automobiles are in use within the Far East.
These wardens would function on recognized downside areas at instances the place the littering is worse, for instance giant parks at weekends, promenade and seaside areas in summer season, metropolis or city centres and out of doors music festivals. They’d decide up litter themselves at instances and put it into the field simply to set an instance, though that might not be their most important duty. It is a native authority perform.
The uniformed warden would have the authority to difficulty on the spot fines for littering offences. His helmet CCTV digicam would corroborate his proof. If the wrongdoer refused to substantiate his id or grew to become aggressive the police may very well be summoned by the litter warden by urgent a assist button on his smartphone. Police would instantly know the issue and site of the warden and go to assist.
Failure to choose up canine waste can be handled equally by spot fines. Culprits of both offence can be given the possibility to apologise and make amends. The warden can be educated to be truthful and useful. My thought is to unravel the issue, not create aggression with the general public, however the warden has the authority and ultimate say.
Provided that the nice was not paid it could then go to court docket when nice degree can be a lot larger, matching the prompt ranges.
Motion like this might clear up a serious downside in Scotland. So long as the regulation requires corroboration we should suppose exterior the field.
John Ewing, Ayr.
GREEN VIRTUES ARE EXPENSIVE
IN the run-up to Glasgow’s Inexperienced Jolly (COP26), draconian new eco guidelines are to be launched as a part of our dedication to succeed in net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. By 2040, all properties should obtain a “C” ranking for vitality efficiency – solely 10 million of our 30m properties at present attain this commonplace.
It’s unattainable for the eight million properties with strong partitions to succeed in a “C” ranking except they’re fitted with inside or exterior insulation. The price of putting in such insulation and the necessary new warmth pump is round £20,000. Sadly warmth pumps solely work effectively at comparatively low temperatures, so radiators will have to be changed with bigger ones or by costly underfloor heating. Worse nonetheless, the Inexperienced Properties Grant giving £10,000 to low-income householders closed final week.
These eco-modifications might be very damaging: masking breathable partitions with impervious insulation causes severe damp in buildings with no damp-proof course. There may be additionally a fireplace threat in the event that they aren’t monitored, as seen within the Grenfell Tower catastrophe. But it’s not even sure these crude targets will reduce carbon emissions and they’re irrelevant when the contribution of China, India, and the like is taken into account. However they’ll dress our leaders in inexperienced advantage and that’s what actually issues.
Dr John Cameron, St Andrews.
MERIT IN LOCAL CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLIES
IT’S attention-grabbing from a current ballot that many Scots suppose the Covid restoration ought to be community-led, with councils being thought-about insufficiently attentive to native wants. It is a far cry from the large regional councils of previous years which morphed into the form of huge native authorities the place native opinion was sought by way of group councils with little chunk and affect.
Are we now heading again to the times of parish and city councils? In respect of native providers resembling roads and planning, there’s a grassroots feeling that native issues usually are not being taken under consideration by councils when reaching selections which have an effect on the on a regular basis lives of people. If consequential paperwork might be prevented, statutory native boards resembling residents’ assemblies might have advantage.
Bob MacDougall, Kippen.
VACCINE DOUBT CAUSES DEATHS
THE public expression by sure EU political leaders of the potential for a causal hyperlink between the AstraZeneca vaccine and uncommon types of blood clots might itself have been the reason for many deaths. Bertrand Russell’s recommendation in such circumstances is price heeding: ‘‘The scepticism that I advocate quantities solely to this: that when the specialists are agreed, the other opinion can’t be held to make sure; that when they don’t seem to be agreed, no opinion might be thought to be sure by the non-expert; and that after they all maintain that no enough grounds for a constructive opinion exist, the abnormal man would do nicely to droop his judgment.’’
Doug Clark, Currie.
EASING THE PAIN
RE the letter from Thelma Edwards (April 6): I don’t suppose I’ve been so moved in my life. Her letter was one full of affection and I love her a lot for this in spite of everything she has suffered.
As somebody dealing with grief I typically surprise if the Victorian means of sporting mourning garments, a brooch or another outward signal that one is in mourning can be a good suggestion once more.
Jane Porteous, Kinross.