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Local litter picking group tackle hot spot areas

Published on Tuesday, 3rd August 2021

A small group of North Warwickshire and Tamworth residents have formed a social litter picking group to tackle hotspot areas. The ‘Tamworth COOL Pickers’ meet every weekend to group pick areas, which have been identified as needing a "deep clean" regardless of which local authority it falls under.

Over the winter months they cleared junction 10 M42 island and Relay Drive of over 200 bags plus larger fly tipped items and are now concentrating their efforts in Stonydelph. In recent weeks they have been cleaning Rush Lane, Dosthill following a complaint from a concerned resident on social media.

To date over 70 plus bags have been filled and collected by North Warwickshire Borough Council’s Streetscape team and the group’s efforts have also been supported by a local skip hire company; M.I.A. Skips of Tamworth who donated an 8 cubic foot skip free of charge to assist the projects.

Leader of the Council Cllr David Wright said, “We are extremely grateful to the residents who have joined this group and helped out to make a different and improve their local area. Littering and fly tipping is unfortunately an ongoing issue we use CCTV cameras around the Borough to detect fly-tipping and take the matter extremely seriously and will prosecute.”

Lorraine Thompson from the group said, “As we are a group who likes to take on a challenge, I took a ride down Rush Lane to see how bad the problem was and that's where the story began! It was obvious that fly-tipping was a real problem that has been going on for years. There were several fridge/freezers that were lying at the bottom of a 30ft embankment besides tyres, mattresses, carpet, etc on private land. Rush Lane is however an ongoing project because it is still not litter-free and once an area is clean, we like to pay regular maintenance visits to ensure that the area does not revert to its previous state.

Lorraine added, “We are fortunate to live in a lovely area with lots of green space and so it is up to all of us to ensure that the irresponsible acts of some do not ruin it for the majority. So, if we by volunteering can help the local councils to keep our streets and green spaces clean, we are more than happy to give up our time!”