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Cotswold acts on litter with Ring Road blitz
A clean-up taskforce is tackling Cirencester's ring road this week as part of Cotswold District Council’s pledge to clamp down on litter.
The Council has added an extra £25,000 in 2006/07 to the £750,000 it spends on street cleaning and litter picking each year.
Part of the extra money is being spent on the ring road clean-up after the Council received complaints from residents about increased litter on verges and in hedgerows.
Contractors have been brought in for an initial five days and extra work will be done if necessary.
However, the Council is keen to point out that litter is a preventable problem – and it's council tax payers who pick up the bill.
Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “The Cotswolds is renowned for its beautiful scenery and a thoughtless few are spoiling it for the thousands of people who visit the District and the 80,000 people who live here.
“Many communities work with the Council to help us keep our towns and villages looking clean and tidy and we recognise and appreciate their efforts.
“The main problem seems to be roadsides and hedgerows where plastic bags, crisp packets, fast food packaging, drinks cans and newspapers are thrown down by walkers and out of car windows.
“We are planning a targeted campaign to encourage drivers and tourists to take their litter home.
“The extra £25,000 we have added to the budget in real terms will help but we should not have to keep spending council tax payers' money on a problem that is preventable.
“The way ahead is to make residents, motorists and tourists aware of the impact that litter is having on our District.”
Parishes and community groups have been taking part in the Council’s annual Spring Clean, which encourages residents to tackle local 'grot spots' by holding litter picking events.
The Council provides refuse sacks and gloves free of charge and arranges for the rubbish to be collected afterwards.
If you are a member of a group that would like to get involved, please contact the waste hotline on 01285 623613.
: 12/05/2006 17:05:26
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