I’m a proud Brummie. I have a badge that says “Brummie”. Darn it, even this blog has the word “Brummie” in the title. But at the moment, it’s a bit difficult to be proud of Birmingham. Because it looks something like this:
I have sympathy for the refuse collectors who fear job losses and pay cuts. And also for the council who feel that our refuse service is not as cost-efficient or effective as it could be and are trying to make the necessary steps to improve this. But this does not help the people of Birmingham. It’s now a matter of public health & safety. Bin bags are piled up on the edge of the pavement and are a magnet for rats, ripping open the flimsy black plastic, spewing garbage all over the street. The council have advised us to leave out our bins and bags, in the vain hope that an elusive refuse van may make an appearance. People now talk about binmen the way they talk about the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy; a mythical being that only appears to those that truly truly believe. And like a child at Christmas, I throw open the curtains wide each morning, full of hope and expectation, hoping that instead of Santa Claus leaving a gift, someone has come and taken away our binbag-wrapped rubbish. So far, there has been nothing but disappointment.
Two hours strike a day turned into three, and is now set to continue into September. For a city that is working so hard to improve its image and attract visitors from far and wide, this is a poor showing. It’s quite literally, a big pile of rubbish. Brummies of course, whilst angry, are showing off their inimitable sense of humour..
BIN STRIKE: day 4,676.
Bravo Brummies, bravo https://t.co/4BzRfbIUwc
— Birmingham Mail (@birminghammail) August 3, 2017
Citizens are even taking matters into their own hands, hiring their own tipper trucks to try and rid their local area of the ever-increasing pile of rubbish. And yes, that is a link to a Guardian article, because the situation has made the national news. This has set back our tourist board campaign years.
So, this is A Brummie Home and Abroad, reporting from the Birmingham slums, dodging the rats, bluebottles and maggots. Come visit soon!!