There seems to be an interesting level of ambivelence about freesheets.  The Inspector had a go a couple of times recently and now here’s Nick from Brockley Central:

As someone who can’t stand a minute alone with his own thoughts, the explosion in free London newspapers has been a godsend: there’s always one lying around to read if I’m stuck on a train without a book or my blackberry.

However, there is a darker side to the free newspaper phenomenon.

In Brockley, the specially-designed bins, placed outside the station for people to leave their newspapers at the end of their jouney have proven woefully inadequate for the task.

As the politician who helped get the bins there in the first place I thought I ought to respond, which I did in the comments:

Just to explain that the council were offered the recepticals by Recycle London (I think) as a freebie, and I was keen because I’d seen something similar in Boston when I visited there.

Officer advice was hardly enthusiastic, because of the size of the bins and the need to emptying them every few days.

That said if the bins are full then letting the council know should sort it out –

Nick then points us to Project Freesheet which is trying to encourage us to think about the way these papers enter and leave our lives by:

inviting people to upload their own photos of freesheet newspapers wherever they see them? In the gutter, on the tube, on the bus, etc etc. They’re everywhere!! If we try to get people to upload their photo’s we could aim to collect 1.5 million or so. That’s how many issues of these freesheets are being handed out every day.

Interested?  Then there’s the website.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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2 Responses to Freesheets

  1. [moe] says:

    By time the trains reach us down in Kent they are overflowing with copies of The Metro, London Lite and even the Standard. I get better access to The Metro and the other freebies than when I lived in Lewisham!

    Shame they’re all reporting the same news.

  2. Max says:

    The Londonist has come up with a few practical proposals to deal with this problem.

    I particularly like this idea:

    “5. Make the papers edible and in a variety of flavours. The London Paper would be cheese ‘n’ onion, The London Lite salt ‘n’ vinegar, The Evening Standard malignant biopsy, City AM croissant and The Metro kebab. Downsides – you are what you eat.”

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