Many of you will have heard about ‘The Great British Spring Clean’ – a great initiative created by the group Keep Britain Tidy which works with organisations such as local councils and businesses up and down the country to bring people together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.
Clearing up dropped litter costs councils hundreds of millions of pounds every year and spoils our enjoyment of towns and the countryside. Littered areas can reduce property prices and local businesses may suffer as people stay away. This affects the whole community and can be avoided by everyone taking collective responsibility.
This is also about more than simply getting people to pick up litter a few days a year. The campaign also aims to change behaviour permanently by spotlighting the problem daily and offering creative solutions. I hope the efforts of our community will shame those who continue to litter with no consideration to other people or to our environment, and encourage them to think again before dropping their crisp packet or drinks can. There is simply no excuse for such anti-social behaviour and we need to work together to stamp it out.
Here in Melton, the Council and local communities are rising to the challenge admirably and looking at ways in which we can clear up our own local streets, parks and open spaces. On Friday 2nd March at 10:00am a community litter pick is taking place which all are encouraged to attend. If you would like further information on how to join in, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the Council’s Communities and Neighbourhoods department on 01664 502 499.
Together we can help improve the quality of our streets and public spaces and create a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.