I was recently asked by a member of the public to put the following question to you:
"As a Londoner by birth and a resident for over fifty years, I have seen many changes to our great capital city - almost exclusively for the better. However, there is one aspect about which I feel deeply embarrassed - the large number of (usually) official refuse bags left on the street. Whilst this is predominantly a phenomenon of central London, it is also to be found in boroughs further out - especially in shopping areas. I understand that there is a policy of putting out commercial waste at a set time before collection is due but this never seems to be adhered to, with bags apparently left out at all times. Many are the times I have seen people having to step over/round these bags in some of our most popular tourist areas. I am quite well travelled, in particular in Europe, and I have not seen rubbish dumped in this way in any other major city. Whilst refuse collection is the responsibility of local authorities, the Mayor is responsible for the overall image of London and therefore I wish to ask whether he has any plans to work with the likes of the City of Westminster and London Borough of Camden to improve their collection policies and/or facilities in order to eliminate these eyesores (and health hazards?) from our streets?"