Anger at litter

Anger at litter

Anger at litter

First published in Letters

SEVERAL of my friends and I walk our dogs at Griffiths Park, Rudheath, and are concerned about the amount of broken bottles, cans and plastic bottles left lying around.

I don’t mean on the playing area I mean on the rough area.

For over a week, there was smashed glass left beside one of the benches, so in the end I went along, with a carrier bag and gloves and collected a bag full.

Can you image the damage that two Lambrini bottle bottoms would cause to either a child or a dog?

Since then I have collected another full carrier bag of cans and plastic bottles.

Aluminium cans, if ripped, which some are, can cause a lot of damage.

I have written to Rudheath Council to ask them what they are prepared to do about this and am waiting for a response.

I feel so strongly about this issue that I think it should be addressed.

Graham Evans MP talked about us needing new green space, which I totally agree with, but what’s wrong with also keeping up the old ones?

Sheila Smith Northwich

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1:24pm Sun 7 Sep 14

Gill Lee says...

I, too, am disappointed and feel ashamed and embarrassed at the state of our filthy streets and parks. I live in Anderton and frequently pick rubbish up - I can pick up 2 full bin bags of rubbish discarded at the side of the main road alone.

May I suggest a few things to improve the situation:
1) why does Northwich not have a voluntary Clean Team like Middlewich does. I would be prepared to help out as I do the job anyway.

2) why not make people clean the streets who are on community service?

3) why do I see the local council wasting resources by paying their workmen to spray weed killer at the side of the road but leave the rubbish behind. What is most pressing - greenery or rubbish?

4) ask the refuse collectors to be more careful, pick up what they drop

5) organise for new recycling boxes or missing lids from your local council to prevent it blowing away in the wind

It is all too disappointing that local shops and public houses don't even set a good example. Our local pub, the Stanley Arms, is left wanting when it comes to picking up litter in their own car park and gardens.
Marks and Spencers in Northwich town centre do nothing, it appears, to clean the corner up right outside their own shop.

The council fail miserably at keeping the environment around their own refuse recycling site in Northwich clean and tidy. The refuse / recycling centre borders Marbury Country Park and it is frightful.

Warrington Road which borders the east side of Marbury Country Park is appallingly untidy with months and months of rubbish and garbage caught in the trees and in the hedgerows.

It's all too easy to sit back and do nothing. It's not an excuse to say 'well, it's not me who drops litter' or what one person actually said to me 'it's not your job to clean up the litter'. Apathy is taking over our population but moaning about the problem and doing nothing is even worse.

I suggest we all get up and begin by cleaning outside our own houses at the very least. Our children need educated from infancy. Policing litter dropping is never going to be easy but if there were instant on the spot fines then this would surely deter and make people think. This is not tantamount to any kind of police state but one which takes an active role in cleaning the country up. One day we may have a 'green and pleasant land' once again - however at this rate I doubt it!

Gill Lee
Resident in Anderton
I, too, am disappointed and feel ashamed and embarrassed at the state of our filthy streets and parks. I live in Anderton and frequently pick rubbish up - I can pick up 2 full bin bags of rubbish discarded at the side of the main road alone. May I suggest a few things to improve the situation: 1) why does Northwich not have a voluntary Clean Team like Middlewich does. I would be prepared to help out as I do the job anyway. 2) why not make people clean the streets who are on community service? 3) why do I see the local council wasting resources by paying their workmen to spray weed killer at the side of the road but leave the rubbish behind. What is most pressing - greenery or rubbish? 4) ask the refuse collectors to be more careful, pick up what they drop 5) organise for new recycling boxes or missing lids from your local council to prevent it blowing away in the wind It is all too disappointing that local shops and public houses don't even set a good example. Our local pub, the Stanley Arms, is left wanting when it comes to picking up litter in their own car park and gardens. Marks and Spencers in Northwich town centre do nothing, it appears, to clean the corner up right outside their own shop. The council fail miserably at keeping the environment around their own refuse recycling site in Northwich clean and tidy. The refuse / recycling centre borders Marbury Country Park and it is frightful. Warrington Road which borders the east side of Marbury Country Park is appallingly untidy with months and months of rubbish and garbage caught in the trees and in the hedgerows. It's all too easy to sit back and do nothing. It's not an excuse to say 'well, it's not me who drops litter' or what one person actually said to me 'it's not your job to clean up the litter'. Apathy is taking over our population but moaning about the problem and doing nothing is even worse. I suggest we all get up and begin by cleaning outside our own houses at the very least. Our children need educated from infancy. Policing litter dropping is never going to be easy but if there were instant on the spot fines then this would surely deter and make people think. This is not tantamount to any kind of police state but one which takes an active role in cleaning the country up. One day we may have a 'green and pleasant land' once again - however at this rate I doubt it! Gill Lee Resident in Anderton Gill Lee
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