An anonymous Penarth Town Centre poster campaign is now urging residents and visitors to do the decent thing when it comes to disposing of their litter.
In what some might regard as a somewhat hectoring tone, the poster tells townspeople and tourists alike that Penarth has just been “voted” (sic) as the best place to live in Wales and all that – and, without so much as a please or thank you, urges them to help keep it that way by “using the litter bins provided” .
In a final barbed thrust to the conscience of passers-by, the poster adds an angry pay-off :- “…Not to much to ask is it ?? !!” with double question-marks and exclamation-marks added just to drive the message home.
Innocent visitors might well conclude that the poster is saying rather more about Penarth than about its litter problem – such that it is.
The poster does not bear the imprimatur of Penarth Town Council nor even of the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The only clue as to the origin of the missive – which is about as subtle as a wild-west “Wanted Dead or Alive” sign – is the curious – but unidentifiable logo at the top of it.
However the meaning is pretty clear : anyone coming into our town in future had just better watch their step … and watch what they do with their litter.