Although the weather could have been better two groups of willing volunteers, one covering Tarvin, the other Oscroft undertook an autumn clear-up on Saturday 12th. In total about 30 man hours were spent and over 48 bags of rubbish were collected.
The Tarvin litter team covered most of the really worst "grot spots" such as the A51 from Tarvin roundabout to Stamford Bridge lights, Cross Lanes to Broomheath Lane, part of the A51 near Austins Hill, Tarporley Road, Church Street, and Holme street. The High Street was also picked but was found to be mostly litter free, but brambles were dealt with by Park Close. The Co-op car park yielded a lot of litter. Despite the periodic complaints about dog mess none was encountered by the pickers, thank goodness.
Results of Oscroft team litter team was the collection of 12 very full bags when all bottles, cans etc were bagged up. A resident down Shay Lane regularly picks up rubbish in the area and so but for this effort there would have been even more!
To give some idea of the litter problem the Oscroft team provided the following interesting/disgusting analysis of the collected items which included 19 vodka bottles, 10 glass bottles, 53 beer cans, 79 soft drink bottles, 32 soft drink cans, 5 pairs black tights, 6 weedkiller containers, lots of crisp and sweet packets, car bits, a CD, bits of paper and cardboard, paper and plastic drink cups, a shoe, heavy duty rubber gloves, and sandpaper.
Merryn Shaw said " I hope that pictures of the collected rubbish, and the list of items, will shock people into taking their rubbish home for responsible disposal, adding that there was more rubbish that found in the Spring Clean-up in March this year and that some ditches were so overgrown that you couldn't see in them"
On behalf of the Parish Council, Ted Lush said "I would like to thank all the volunteers who turned out. Well done. Also thanks are due to members of the Brownies and Cubs who have
also been litter picking in the last few days."
Finally the Parish Council requests that whoever is fly tipping on the King George V playing field near the main entrance to STOP NOW. If any person is spotted the Council will not hesitate prosecuting them and seeking the maximum fine.