INCONSIDERATE groups hanging around on benches are ignoring a litter bin a few feet away and dumping rubbish in flower displays, angry Malvern traders have claimed.
The problem has gradually got worse by the bus stop at the west end of Barnards Green, an area where there are six containers for plants and trees.
Retailers nearby have resorted to cleaning up the mess themselves and have called for the bin to be moved next the benches.
Helen Portman, from the Toy Corner, said: “On the evenings, groups sit on the benches and unfortunately leave their rubbish.
“I have to do a litter-run most mornings. Extra bins are needed. The one by the bus stop is often quite full.
“It is a simple thing which might help.”
Another trader added: “The Town Council planted flowers in the summer with Malvern in Bloom in mind and they were excellent.
“But in the evenings, youths would regularly dig them up and throw them at each other for weeks afterwards.
“If a way could be found to secure them then traders and green-fingered friends of Barnards Green would not need to keep re-planting them.”
Martin Lawrence, town councillor for the Chase ward, said he would raise the issue to the full council in February.
“Maintaining the otherwise pristine appearance of this crucially important trading area, with flower containers, trees and benches needs the support of everyone, and not just left to our brilliant traders.
“While the majority of young people love the area and look after their surroundings, a few can disturb the tranquillity and beauty of these seating areas in seconds.”
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