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January 2020 Litter Pick Summary And Other News

A Happy New Year to all our volunteers and supporters.

We normally arrange 2 litter picks every month : on the first Wednesday and following Saturday As January’s Wednesday pick would have fallen on New Years Day this year, we moved it a week later.

So, our first pick of 2020 was on Saturday 4th January.  We had an amazing turnout with 16 volunteers – possibly a record. We met at Bank Square and spread out in all directions. Having so many volunteers allowed us to cover most of the town centre – which is looking a lot tidier as a result.

Wilmslow Clean Team Fly Tipping Broadway Meadows Jan 2020We were concerned by the amount of litter in and around Broadway Meadows car park – and the lack of bins.  We have tried and failed in the past to get a new bin installed (due to a lack of funding) but we have asked ANSA (Cheshire East’s contractor) once again. ANSA confirmed that the request is still on their list for consideration. We have also asked ANSA to clean up the far end of the car park where the recycling bins used to be – and they have agreed to see to this. We have also asked them to remove a fly tipped tyre and paint from the bottom end of the car park.

We collected at least 29 bags, a tyre and at least I bag of recyclables at the Saturday pick.

Wilmslow Clean Team Lacey Green Park January 2020Our second pick of the year was on Wednesday 8th January. 8 volunteers met outside the gates of the park in Lacey Green on Barlow Moor Road.  We covered the whole of the park area, Barlow Moor Road, Lacey Green, halfway down Egerton Road, Cranford Road and Mount Pleasant – not a bad morning’s work.

We collected 12 bags of litter making it at least 41 in total at our 2 scheduled picks.

In addition, there have been a lot of solo picks recently which have helped us get off to a flying start in 2020 – with 56 bags collected altogether in the past month. Great work everyone.

The committee are going to discuss the possibility of some A boards which we can put up when we are doing litter picks – to raise awareness and attract new volunteers.

We made contact with “Run North West Limited” to discuss the issue of plastic bottle littering after their recent “Festive 10k” run

We are trying to help a Handforth resident who raised a concern about the amount of litter being thrown from cars on the bypass towards the airport. We have contacted ANSA to see if they can provide any further information / assistance.

Litter Picking Summary 6th + 9th January 2019

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.

Blue Plastic TakeAway Fork Whole Blue Plastic TakeAway Fork In Pieces

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.