26th Jul, 2017

Litter squad cleans up the Malvern Hills district

Craig Gibbons 16th Mar, 2017 Updated: 16th Mar, 2017

A SPECIAL litter hit squad has been targeting Malvern Hills district’s ‘grot spots’ as part of a national campaign to get communities cleaning up their areas.

Staff from Malvern Hills District Council were joined by council leader Coun Phil Grove, chairman Coun John Raine and residents, as they spent last Friday morning (March 10) clearing away rubbish littering the district’s streets.

The litter pick focused on four areas in Chase and Pickersleigh in Malvern, Newland and Kempsey – all of which had been nominated by residents as needing attention.

More than 30 bags of rubbish were filled.

Among the more unusual items found with the bottles and crisp packets left by roads and amongst hedges was a doll’s head, car parts, two plastic baskets and a used nappy.

The event was part of the Great British Spring Clean – a national campaign which aims to bring people from across the country together to clear up the litter blighting their area.

It builds on the success of last year’s

Clean for the Queen campaign to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday.

Other litter picks have been carried out over the last couple of weeks elsewhere in the district including in Upton, Kempsey village, Hallow and Hanley Castle.

Coun Grove said: “It was a great team effort by everyone involved. Overall Malvern Hills District is a clean and tidy place to live but it’s clear there are problem areas and we need to consider what more we can do, working with our partners, to tackle this issue.

“We spend a significant amount of money on street cleansing every year and that’s money that could be better spent on something else. Residents can play their part by simply taking their rubbish home with them and disposing of it properly.”

Coun Raine added: “When people throw a crisp packet out of a car window or drop a can on the floor they may think they are not doing any harm but they’re actually blighting one of the most beautiful parts of the country as well as posing a potential danger to wildlife.

“The message is simple – bin it, don’t drop it.”

The council has litter picking equipment available to loan to schools and community groups that wish to help keep their area clean and tidy.

Email claire.vaughan@malvernhills.gov.uk for more information.

Residents can also report an area they think is in urgent need of cleaning/litter picking by visitingwww.malvernhills.gov.uk/report-it and using the online form.