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Ob-LITTER-ate the mess in Castle Donington!

Published: 23rd April 2012 13:18

Castle Donington residents Spring Clean the villageCastle Donington residents get ready to "Spring Clean" the village 

The Castle Donington "Spring Clean" held on Saturday 21st April 2012 was a huge success!

A few weeks ago, local resident, Phyllis Cartwright contacted the Castle Donington Parish Council to complain about the amount of litter on the verges of the road leading down into the village from the A50 roundabout. This led the Clerk to contact Ruth Mulvany of North West Leicestershire's Street Environment Team who then set about organising a local litter pick.

By Saturday 21st April the idea had grown and 50 local residents turned up for either a 2 hour morning or afternoon session to litter pick. This meant teams of people could be sent to identified problem spots which included Bosworth Road playing fields, High Street and Diseworth Lane, The Spital playing fields and associated roads, Back Lane and both sides of the dual carriageway which drops vehicles down into the village from the A50.

Every volunteer was given a litter picker, a pair of gloves, bin liners and a quick risk assessment. There was no formal training as everyone was expected to pick it up as you went along!

A fantastic effort by the community spirited volunteers led to an absolute mountain of litter being picked up as can be seen from the photographs.

Rubbish collected from Castle Donington's Rubbish collected from Castle Donington's "Spring Clean" morning session

Rubbish collected from Castle Donington's Rubbish collected from Castle Donington's "Spring Clean" afternoon sessionThe truth is that despite two sessions by four people on the road down from the A50 roundabout the job wasn't completed. There is just so much, and it makes you think; apart from several wheel trims almost everything on the verge or central reservation has been deliberately thrown out of a moving vehicle. There was the odd quirky thing such as a large water pistol but mostly it was crisp packets, cigarette packets and ‘tab-ends', empty cans of pop, fast food wrappers and plastic bottles many of which, somewhat disgustingly, had been partially refilled by lorry drivers. Sometimes the team were picking up polythene bags where someone had neatly filled them with rubbish, tied them up ready to put in a bin but then had still thrown it onto the verge.

As Phyllis herself pointed out at the end, the job isn't quite done and most involved would like to organise another formal litter pick maybe in another month or two. AboutMyArea/DE74 thinks this would be a great idea and hopefully even more people will turn out to help. An even better idea though would be for everyone to realise that it is NOT acceptable to throw rubbish out of their vehicle.

Local beat policeman, Glenn Musgrove believes that people caught littering should be given a choice of the current £60 fine or two hours solid litter picking. He believes most would take the community service order and litter pick rather than pay the fine. He's probably right; nationally maybe we could have an awareness campaign to encourage people to stop and to report those who continue to drop or throw their litter?

Castle Donington villagers litter pickl-r Phyllis Cartwright (resident), Shaun Ambrose-Jones (Parish Councillor) and PC Glenn Musgove
litter pick the road leading to the A50 roundabout


Castle Donington villagers getting ready to litter pick the villageA few of the Castle Donington villagers getting ready to litter pick the village in the afternoon


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Castle Donington Litter Pick - a Record Breaking Success! Published: 26th April 2012

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