The total bag count for 2018 was 529 – an amazing effort.
Our 2019 picks started off on Saturday 6th January. 10 volunteers met at Bank Square. Most roads in and around the town centre were covered as far out as Altrincham Road, Kennerleys Lane, Chapel Lane, Albert Road, Parkway, the link road to A34 Bypass, the Railway station forecourt, the Leisure Centre, Broadway Meadows car park, Parish Hall car park and Sainsbury’s car park. At least 17 bags were collected, plus some recyclables.
The town centre seemed worse then normal – the committee will try and find out whether the council has cut down the scheduled cleans – and whether they suspend cleaning over Christmas. Cigarette butts were everywhere – in all the doorways, gutters, storm drains and even in the planters that the town council have installed.
These blue plastic “takeaway” forks are particularly troublesome – as they have often disintegrated into lots of very small pieces – making them difficult to pick up.
One of our volunteers asked the committee to request that a new bin be installed in the Broadway Meadows car park as the litter there was bad. A request was sent to Ansa – but there is no budget remaining this financial year for new bins – and it is not clear if there will be budget come April.
Our second pick of the year was on Wednesday 9th January. 6 volunteers met at Lacey Green Park. We focused on the surrounding area and collected 10 bags and a traffic cone.
So – 27 bags at our scheduled picks plus at least 2 more by our “solo” volunteers.
Thanks and well done to all our volunteers – new volunteers are always welcome.